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Researchers at No. 1-Ranked U.S. Children's Hospital Work with Industry to Develop a Child Crash Dummy that's More True-to-Life
Date:2/24/2010

shes, so that we can protect children from the serious injuries and high healthcare costs associated with this type of injury," explained Dr. Arbogast. "Through collaborative research, we were able to create a prototype of an accurate pediatric abdomen-pelvis for use in the 6-year-old crash test dummy that will help us to better understand how a child's body responds to the belt-loading forces around the abdomen and to develop novel restraint designs to prevent seat belt-related injuries."

Researchers from the University of Virginia, University of Michigan, the Ford Motor Company, Wayne State University and Takata Corporation worked with CHOP researchers to develop an accurate abdominal insert for a child-sized dummy. The researchers used data from real-world crashes; measurements of children's abdomens; animal models; and computational models to create the insert, which is now undergoing tests by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The goal is to make the pediatric abdomen insert available for broad use in government-mandated crash tests.

Protecting the chest and rib cage

During a frontal crash, the seat belt compresses the chest of the buckled occupant, causing the sternum to compress toward the spine. Therefore, chest-compression is an important area for study
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