1979-02-01

Lateral Impact - Considerations for Vehicle Development 790709

The number of accident analyses involving lateral (side-on) impacts is steadily increasing. An accident simulation test procedure that is applicable worldwide must first be established in order to significantly improve the safety features of vehicles.Factors to be considered in studying lateral impacts are: the mass, structural design, and rigidity of the vehicles involved in the collision; the point and angle of impact; impact speeds; vehicle interior and design; and the use of restraints.

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