A Review of the Effects of Belt Systems, Steering Assemblies, and Structural Design on the Safety Performance of Vehicles in the New Car Assessment Program 856057
Since 1979, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) has conducted crash tests of 159 different vehicle makes
and models in the New Car Assessment Program. Each of these
vehicles was crashed into a rigid barrier at a test speed of 35
mph. The data from the anthropomorphic devices contained in the
driver and passenger positions in these vehicles are regularly
released as part of NHTSA's Consumer Information Program.
Three of the major vehicle attributes that affect the safety of
restrained occupants in frontal crash events are safety belt,
steering assembly and frontal structure performances.
The analyses are performed with electronic data collected during
each vehicle test
James Hackney, Carlin Ellyson
U.S. Dept. of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safet, Automated Sciences Group, Inc.
International Technical Conference on Enhanced Safety of Vehicles