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Safety Belt and Occupant Factors Influencing Thoracic & Upper Abdominal Injuries in Frontal Crashes

Crash Safety Consulting-Daniel Faust
General Motors Company-Huizhen Lu, Margaret Andreen, Lisa Furton, Brian Putala
Published 2011-04-12 by SAE International in United States
This paper reports on a study that examines the effect of shoulder belt load limiters and pretensioners as well as crash and occupant factors that influence upper torso harm in real-world frontal crashes. Cases from the University of Michigan International Center for Automotive Medicine (ICAM) database were analyzed. Additional information was used from other databases including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the National Automotive Sampling System - Crashworthiness Data System (NASS-CDS), and patient data available from the University of Michigan Trauma Center. The ICAM database is comprised of information from real-world crashes in which occupants were seriously injured and required treatment at a Level 1 Trauma Center. Cases from the database were included in this study if they met the following criteria: (a) the primary collision involved a frontal type crash and; (b) case occupants were seated in front outboard positions, restrained by 3-point safety belts and deployed frontal airbags.One hundred thirty-three (133) case occupants who sustained nearly 1,800 injuries were…
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