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New SAE Book Invaluable Reference for Those Working in Automotive Safety

Warrendale, PA,, April 22, 2004 - Automotive Safety Handbook by Ulrich Seiffert and Lothar Wech

In market research done by the world's automotive manufacturers, safety is continually cited as the performance characteristic most important to consumers. It's no surprise, then, that safety engineering has become one of the most critical research areas in the automotive industry.

Recently published by Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International), the Automotive Safety Handbook is the first and only book with extensive coverage of both active and passive safety systems. It is sure to become the standard reference for automotive safety information. Chapters include:

Definitions • Driving Forces for Increased Vehicle Safety • Safety Legislation • Accident Data • Accident Avoidance • Biomechanics and Occupant Simulation • Vehicle Body • Dynamic Vehicle Simulation Tests • Occupant Protection • Interrelationships Among Occupant, Restraint System, and Vehicle in Accidents • Pedestrian Protection • Compatibility • Computer Support for the Development of Safety Components

Authors Ulrich Seiffert and Lothar Wech each have more than 20 years experience in the field of automotive safety. Professor Dr.-Ing. Seiffert is currently acting chairman of WiTech Engineering GmbH, speaker of the Center of Traffic Management, and a lecturer at the Technical University of Braunschweig since 1982. Dr. Seiffert was a member of the Board of management at Volkswagen AG for seven years until 1995. He3 has won numerous awards in the area of engineering research. Dr.-Ing. Wech is general manager of TÜV Automotive GmbH, TÜV Südduetschland Group. He has given many keynote addresses at automotive safety conferences, and has served as chairman of the Crash-Tech Conferences since 1992.

The Automotive Safety Handbook by Ulrich Seiffert and Lothar Wech, ©2003, is a 283-page hardbound book, ISBN 0-7680-0912-X. List price is US$99.95 and Order No. R-325. SAE members receive a 20% discount. To order, call (877) 606-7323 (U.S. and Canada) or (724) 776-4970, e-mail to, or visit our web site at For more details, visit

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