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Improving the repeatability and reproducibility of belt fit measurement with 6YO and 10YO ATDs
In previous work, researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) developed a method for quantifying the belt fit provided by belt-positioning boosters by measuring the belt location relative to the six- and ten-year-old Hybrid-III dummies. In another study, the...
Optimizing protection for rear seat occupants assessing booster performance with realistic belt geometry using the Hybrid III 6YO ATD.
A series of sled tests was conducted to examine the performance of booster seats under belt geometries representing the range found in the rear seats of current vehicles. Twelve tests were performed with the standard 6YO Hybrid III ATD and 29 tests were performed with a modified version of the 6YO...
Evaluation of community-based programs to increase booster seat use
This manuscript reports the results of an evaluation of two community-based booster seat promotion programs in Michigan; one program focused on a low-income community, while the other focused on a Hispanic community. Each community received funding to develop and implement a booster seat...
Child passenger restraints in relation to other second-row passengers an analysis of the 2007-2009 National Survey of the Use of Booster Seats.
Objective: Child restraint systems (CRS) are increasingly being designed to accommodate larger children and to mitigate side impact injuries. Little is known about the impact of CRS on the safety of other vehicle passengers due to limitations of existing crash databases. This study provides the...