2009 Improving Rear Occupant Protection for Older Children

This research will be conducted over a period of two years. Tasks 1 and 2 will be conducted in the first year, FY 2009. The overall objectives of this project are fivefold: Task 1 - Quantify belt fit for children 6 to 12 years not in booster seats (ID target population). Task 2 - Develop parametric model to simulate children 6-12 years in rear seat (optimize/develop model). Task 3 - Computer simulations - In this task, the parametric child ATD model developed in Task 2 will be exercised for the range of seat and belt conditions identified in Task 1. Task 4 - Sled tests - For this investigation of restraint performance for older children, testing with more realistic seat and belt conditions are needed. Based on the results of Tasks 1 and 3, a test matrix will be developed that includes testing on both full-length and modified second-row vehicle seats using both a range of real-world belt geometry and the optimized belt geometry identified in Task 3.Task 5 - Develop tool to optimize with 6-10-year-olds.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: Structures and Restraints


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  • Status: Active
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    McCray, Linda

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Transportation Research Institute
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States 
  • Start Date: 20120510
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 31049

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01465087
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:55PM