1985-01-01

Psc1 - a Demonstration Car With Improvements for Pedestrian Protection 856011

A demonstration pedestrian safety car has been produced based on the Austin Metro car. The modifications did not require the use of materials not already familiar to the motor industry, and changes to the car's styling were limited. The modifications have been shown to give substantial improvements in the level of protection offered to adult and child pedestrians up to impact speeds of 40 km/h. In particular, the most frequently injured body region, the lower limbs, was afforded much increased protection. Tests on the head impact area indicated that worthwhile reductions in child head injuries could be expected. It should be possible for modifications of the type made to this car to be incorporated in other production cars, in which case significant reductions in pedestrian injuries could be expected

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