Comparison of CRS Installation Methods and Misuse During Far Side Impact Sled Testing

Principal Investigator: Julie Mansfield, PhD, The Ohio State University

In this study, far side sled testing will be performed in late model year production vehicle seats for rear-facing CRS, forward-facing CRS, and boosters using a variety of proper and improper installation methods: seat belt alone, LATCH alone (with and without top tether), and LATCH and seat belt together. The broad objective of this work is to determine whether installation method affects far side crash performance so that CRS and vehicle manufacturers can develop informed guidelines about the use of their products.

This project is currently underway. Further information will be added in late 2021 following project completion.