Description of the Volkswagen Restraint Automatic (VW-RA) Used in a Fleet Test Program 740046

The paper describes a new passive restraint system, the Volkswagen Restraint Automatic (VW-RA). The system consists of an upper torso belt and an energy-absorbing knee bolster. The operation of the system is automatic as it is attached to the door of the vehicle.
The comparison with the three-point belt having a vehicle-sensitive locking retractor and airbag systems shows that the overall performance of the VW-RA is superior to the other systems. A fleet test of 50 vehicles in the United States will determine acceptability to the consumer.


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