Driver Weight Impacts Effectiveness of Vehicle Restraint Systems

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Hartford Courant - June 2, 2010

A sta­tis­ti­cal review of fatal crash data by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michigan’s Trans­porta­tion Research Insti­tute indi­cates restraint sys­tems need to con­tin­ue evolv­ing to bet­ter pro­tect thin men and women and obese women.

Background
6-ft tall male “aver­age” trans­lates to 137 to 183 lbs
Nor­mal weight for a 5-ft 5-in woman con­sid­ered 111 to 149 lbs