This SAE Information Report discusses the signifcant factors which measure the effectiveness of the total occupant restraint system in commonly encountered collision configurations. The total system includes the components which affect occupant injury by influencing the manner in which the collision energy management is accomplished. In addition to the elements that contribute to impact attenuation, consideration must be given to factors that encourage maximum use, such as comfort, reliability, appearance, and convenience. Hence, system evaluation necessarily involves consideration of the complete vehicle.
This document is not only severely outdated in many areas, but it is also contradictory to what is practiced today with respect to placement of children only in the rear seat. If we simply reaffirm - then we are stating the committee still feels this document is valid. Because of the obsolescence - it is a waste of time to update it. Therefore - the best solution is to stabilize it.