Dynamic Top Tether Loads in Various Anchor Locations in Side Impacts

Principal Investigator: Yun Seok Kang, PhD, The Ohio State University

Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) standardize the method to attach CRS to vehicles without using a seat belt. When properly used, the LATCH system usually protects the child from injuries in MVCs. It has been reported that the top tether has excellent advantages for injury prevention when properly used as compared with the same condition without the top tether attached. However, effectiveness of different top tether locations on dynamics loads of the top tether in side impacts has not been well understood. The objective of this study is to provide information that will allow CRS and vehicle engineers to understand the influence of the top tether locations on dynamic loads of the tether in both near and far side impacts.

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This Center is made possible through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) which unites CHOP, University of Pennsylvania, and The Ohio State University researchers with R&D leaders in the automotive and insurance industries to translate research findings into tangible innovations in safety technology and public education programs.

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