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Seat Belt Fit

UMTRI researchers have expertise in developing methods and tools for evaluating how seat belts fit the range of motor-vehicle occupants. Studies include assessing seat-belt fit for pregnant women throughout gestation, studying belt fit of older children with and without booster seats, and investigating the ability of the elderly to don seat belts.

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Effects of driver characteristics on seat belt fit
Matthew P. Reed, Sheila M. Ebert, Jason J. Hallman

conference paper IN: Stapp car crash journal. Vol. 57 (Nov. 2013), p. 43-57

Effects of obesity on seat belt fit
Matthew P. Reed, Sheila M. Ebert-Hamilton, Jonathan D. Rupp.

journal article UMTRI-2011-27
IN: Traffic Injury Prevention. Vol. 13, no. 4 (2012), p. 364-372.

Introduction: Obesity has been shown to increase the risks of some types of injury in crashes. One way in which obesity may increase...

Dynamic performance of child restraints with two-point belt securement
Maria Loffredo, Matthew Reed, Miriam Manary, Celso Arruda.

conference paper SAE 2009-36-0183

Three different models of forward-facing CRS were evaluated dynamically using a two-point belt fixation (FMVSS 213 Standard). Ann...

Evaluation of the static belt fit provided by belt-positioning booster seats
Matthew P. Reed, Sheila M. Ebert, Christopher P. Sherwood, Kathleen D. Klinich, Miriam A. Manary.

journal article IN: Accident Analysis and Prevention. Vol. 41, issue 3 (May 2009), p.598-607.

Belt-positioning booster seats are recommended for children who use vehicle seat belts as primary restraints but who are too small to...

Assessing child belt fit
Kathleen D. Klinich, Matthew P. Reed, Miriam A. Manary, Nichole L. Ritchie, Lawrence W. Schneider, Jonathan D. Rupp.

report UMTRI-2008-49-2
IN: Sponsored by: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

A total of 49 dynamic sled tests were performed with the Hybrid III 10YO to examine issues relating to child belt fit. The goals of...