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What Does the Term “Crashworthiness” Mean?

Published on Aug 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm in Car Accidents.

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When you’re driving a car, you want to know that it’s dependable. The car is able to get you to your destination without breaking down and will protect you in the event of an accident. You may also look into crashworthiness. Crashworthiness focuses on occupant protection to reduce the number of fatal and serious injuries that occur each year. This line of research helps improve vehicle design and safety measures for the benefit of vehicle occupants.

Crashworthiness and Vehicle Safety

There are so many different aspects of vehicle safety that go into a car’s design. We’re familiar with seat belts and air bags, and these constantly undergo further testing to find ways to improve them, but there are other forms of safety you may not know about.

  • Oblique crash protection. This is a major part of crashworthiness. It’s when there’s an accident that causes the occupant to move in an oblique direction. Fatalities can occur even with the help of seat belts and air bags. Looking into vehicular design and remodeling could find a solution to potentially lessen the chances of a fatality occurring.
  • Child safety. Because of their size and weight, children need different forms of crash protection. Research goes into improving child safety measures, such as reducing injuries from side-impact crashes and what happens to rear interior components in a crash. There is also an emphasis on awareness and education about how children should be secured in a vehicle so parents and guardians know how to travel safely with children.
  • Green solutions. A current movement in the automotive world is finding green solutions that will benefit us in the long term. As manufacturers seek to build alternative fuel vehicles, there needs to be research on the safety of these vehicles when they’re refueling, recharging, and how they’ll perform in a crash.

It’s imperative to do these tests early in development so manufacturers are aware of problems or flaws that they can fix. Finding out these issues further down the line will be costly and will bring development to a halt because they need to fix problems they weren’t even aware of.

For example, consider cars that use an electric battery. If someone driving this vehicle is in a collision and needs help, they could be in danger of electric shock, as well as the first responders trying to help them. This could prevent the vehicle occupant from getting quick medical attention. So, this calls for barriers and other safety methods that will prevent this from happening.

Frontal crash protection is another item for crashworthiness. Crashes that occur in the front of the vehicle often cause major injuries and can be fatal. Frontal crash impact tests give data on how the vehicle protects the occupant in these situations and the improvements that can be made.

While vehicles are constantly undergoing tests to make them safer, this doesn’t always protect occupants from human error and negligence.

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