Characteristics of crashes involving injured children in side impacts
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2011

The objective of this study was to define the crash characteristics of near-side impact crashes in which children seated in the rear rows are injured. The crash characteristics included the direction of force, heading angle, horizontal impact location, vertical impact location, extent of deformation and intrusion at the child occupant's seating position. Cases from in-depth crash investigation databases of the NASS-CDS (National Automotive Sampling System-Crashworthiness Data System), CIREN (Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network) and Chalmers University of Technology were reviewed. The principal direction of force was most frequently between 60° and 75°. The heading angle of the bullet vehicle was most commonly between 61° and 90°. The bullet vehicle hit the passenger compartment of the target vehicle, particularly the rear door. Often, one or both of the adjacent pillars to the rear door were involved, most commonly the B pillar. In 11 of 16 crashes, the car sill was not engaged. Most commonly, the deformation extent was into Zone 3 or more – about 40 cm – and the intrusion at the child's seating position was in the range 20–30 cm. This review of the crashes revealed differences between the current side impact test procedures and the actual side impact crashes in which children were injured.

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Marianne Andersson

Chalmers, Tillämpad mekanik, Fordonssäkerhet

Chalmers, Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre at Chalmers (SAFER)

Kristy Arbogast

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Bengt Pipkorn

Chalmers, Tillämpad mekanik, Fordonssäkerhet

Chalmers, Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre at Chalmers (SAFER)

Per Lövsund

Chalmers, Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre at Chalmers (SAFER)

Chalmers, Tillämpad mekanik, Fordonssäkerhet

International Journal of Crashworthiness

1358-8265 (ISSN) 17542111 (eISSN)

Vol. 16 4 365-373


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