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Poor Seat Belt Location / Geometry
How To Best Protect Children In Side-impact Crashes
Office of Defects Investigation (ODI)




Poor Seat Belt Location / Geometry
To get maximum effectiveness out of a seat belt, it must be designed using appropriate angles and mounting locations for the seat belt anchors. Using unreasonable anchor locations can cause the seat belt to distribute crash forces on the human body in places that are not capable of handling those forces. One example is the submarining phenomenon, where the person slips under the lap belt during an accident, causing the belt to ride up on the abdomen and resulting in severe or even fatal internal injuries.

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How To Best Protect Children In Side-impact Crashes
ScienceDaily (Sep. 13, 2005) "Researchers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will present today a series of findings aimed at enhancing protection for children in side-impact car crashes at the Scientific Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM). The findings demonstrate that children fare better in side-impact crashes if they are restrained and if they are seated with other occupants in the back seat, and they emphasize the protective benefits of high back booster seats in these crashes for 4-to 8-year-olds.

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