National Highway Traffic Safety Administration October 21, 2009 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Technical Report on Fatalities in Frontal Crashes Despite Seat Belts and Air Bags
Document Number: E9-25271
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-21
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces NHTSA's publication of a Technical Report reviewing and evaluating the performance in frontal crashes of air-bag-equipped, late-model passenger cars, pickup trucks, SUVs and vans and the protection they offer to drivers and front-seat passengers who wear seat belts. The report's title is: Fatalities in Frontal Crashes Despite Seat Belts and Air Bags.
Anthropomorphic Test Devices; Hybrid III 6-Year-Old Child Test Dummy
Document Number: E9-25241
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-10-21
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Today's NPRM proposes two changes to the agency's specifications for the Hybrid III six-year-old child dummy. In Part 1 of this NPRM, to improve the durability of the dummy's femurs, we propose changes to the design of and material used for the femur assembly. In Part 2, the drawing for the abdomen insert would be corrected so that the abdominal insert dimensions on the drawing reflect the actual part. Part 2 of this rulemaking commenced in response to a petition for rulemaking submitted by Denton ATD (Denton) and First Technology Safety Systems (FTSS). This document declines the petitioners' suggestion to investigate tolerances for vinyl and rubber components of the dummy and to specify the expected time frame each part would meet the tolerances.