Safety-belts on four makes of small United States motor cars have proved unreliable in crashes at about 40 and 50 miles an hour (65-80 K.
GV PAN '72 Chevrolet Vega and '72 Chevrolet Impala crashing.
TV Ditto SLOW MOTION
CU PAN & CU Damaged Vega and wrecked dummy and broken safety straps. (3 shots)
CU & GV '72 Ford Pinto & '72 Ford Galaxie (3 shots).
GV PAN '71 Dodge Colt and '72 Plymouth Fury.
GVs & SVs INT '72 A.M.C. Ambassador crashing into A.M.C. Gremlin, showing what happens, to the dummy. (4 shots)
GV Same crash in SLOW MOTION.
Initials BB/1814 WLW/DW/BB/1809
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Background: Safety-belts on four makes of small United States motor cars have proved unreliable in crashes at about 40 and 50 miles an hour (65-80 K.p.h.). In most cases in a crash test programmer carried out in Washington on Tuesday (November 16), the belts either snapped or jarred loose. In addition, other safety faults were discovered--although each car conformed to U.S. Government safety standards. The testers, a major insurance institute, blamed the faults in each case on design.
This film shows some dramatic crash sequences, in which each small car was crashed into a larger car. In each test life-size dummies were used--strapped in with regulation safety belts.
SYNOPSIS: The moment of impact....two cars crashing at speeds of about 40 miles per hour.
But this accident--between a small car and a large one--was deliberate; one of a series of crashes in Washington, D.C., to test safety, In each case, a small car was crashed into a large one--and in most cases, the safety belts proved unreliable. They either snapped or jarred loose. The life-size dummies used, strapped in with regulation belts, were often severely damaged.
Each car tested was manufactured in the United States, and each conformed to Government safety regulations. The crashes were carried out on Tuesday by the Nationwide Insurance Institute of America to test the safety of small cars -- which make up one-third of all cars sold in the U.S.A. Later, the Institute blamed the seat-belt and other safety faults in the small cars on basic design.