Occupant Restraint Systems

  • Rolf Eppinger


The purpose of an effective transportation system is to convey goods or passengers efficiently, rapidly, and safely from one place to another. While the goods or passengers are being transported, they will naturally acquire a velocity relative to the ground. It should be obvious to everyone that the velocity associated with this transportation process is in and of itself not hazardous to life or limb. This is evidenced by the wide range of velocities that are currently safely experienced by millions and millions of travelers each day, from those who experience a few miles per hour on a bicycle to those who experience over a thousand miles per hour when traveling by air. However, it should be also obvious that there are circumstances (crashes) that exist within the same diverse transportation process that are very hazardous to humans. This is readily evidenced by the fact that over the last 10 years, the annual fatality toll in the United States associated with motor vehicle crashes alone has exceeded 35,000 deaths per year.


Velocity Change Motor Vehicle Crash Transportation Process Restraint System Belt System 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1993

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