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Methods for Evaluating Occupant Kinematics and Seatbelt Use During a Collision

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John E. Hinger

Hinger Engineering, Inc., Irvine, CA

Paper No. IMECE2011-64736, pp. 655-664; 10 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 9: Transportation Systems; Safety Engineering, Risk Analysis and Reliability Methods; Applied Stochastic Optimization, Uncertainty and Probability
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, November 11–17, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5495-2
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Vehicular accident investigators are frequently called upon to determine seatbelt system usage and injury mechanisms for vehicle occupants. An evaluation method using an exemplar vehicle and a surrogate occupant can be used in helping to make this determination. An understanding of the collision characteristics, injuries sustained and forensic evidence located within the vehicle can be used with a surrogate occupant in an exemplar vehicle to determine seatbelt system usage, injury mechanisms and occupant kinematics.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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