Accession Number : AD0718397

Title :   A Position Paper on Vehicle Safety,

Corporate Author : CATHOLIC UNIV OF AMERICA WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Perrone,Nicholas

Report Date : SEP 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 54

Abstract : The problem of the air bag and its development standards and their significance is addressed. The auto safety standards are critically reviewed in detail especially those portions concerned with crashworthiness. Suggestions for specific new additions as well as modifications of existing standards are made. Special attention is focused on the instrument panel area, hard internal spots such as door posts, windshield headers, and main frame structural elements, and the front seat (which should be appreciably strengthened). The worth from a cost/benefit viewpoint of increasing vehicle safety is examined in some detail. The problem of general aviation crashworthiness is also examined in the same context and it is suggested there that immediate retrofitting of existing airplanes should take place in a manner comparable to automobiles (in other terms, similar standards should be invoked). The general question of resource allocation is also examined and it is suggested that greater and organized national attention be devoted to this critical problem. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PASSENGER VEHICLES, SAFETY), (*SAFETY, *STANDARDS), (*COMMERCIAL PLANES, AVIATION SAFETY), REVIEWS, SAFETY DEVICES, VEHICLE INSTRUMENTS, SEATS, DOORS, VEHICLE ACCESSORIES, LAMINATED GLASS, COST EFFECTIVENESS, AVIATION ACCIDENTS, IMPACT TESTS, MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS, STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES

Subject Categories : Civilian Aircraft
      Surface Transportation and Equipment
      Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE