Non-Head Impact Cervical Spine Injuries in Frontal Car Crashes to Lap-Shoulder Belted Occupants 920560
Crash injury reduction via lap-shoulder belt use has been well documented. As any interior car component, lap-shoulder belts may be related to injury in certain crashes. Relatively unknown is the fact that cervical fractures or fracture-dislocations to restrained front seat occupants where, in the crash, no head contact was evidenced by both medical records and car inspection.
An extensive review of the available world's literature on car crash injuries revealed more than 100 such cases. A review of the NASS 80-88 was also conducted, revealing more examples. Cases from the author's own files are also detailed.
Citation: Huelke, D., Mackay, G., Morris, A., and Bradford, M., "Non-Head Impact Cervical Spine Injuries in Frontal Car Crashes to Lap-Shoulder Belted Occupants," SAE Technical Paper 920560, 1992, https://doi.org/10.4271/920560. Download Citation
Donald F. Huelke, G. Murray Mackay, Andrew Morris, Maureen Bradford
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, University of Birmingham, Loughborough Univ.
International Congress & Exposition
SAE 1992 Transactions: Journal of Passenger Cars-V101-6