A "propaganda car" to spur public and industrial interest in automotive safety design has been designed by the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in America.
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Background: A "propaganda car" to spur public and industrial interest in automotive safety design has been designed by the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in America.
The conventional saloon, with twenty-four built-in safety features was designed to be "crash-safe", so that in a major accident occupants would suffer minimal injuries.
Safety features include lap and harness belts to help protect the passenger against crash injury, roll bars, head rests and a flexible steering shaft that will buckle under a driver's weight. The wheel is rectangular to prevent injury to kneecaps.
Two high-backed bucket seats replace the conventional three-place front seat. The seats were described by Frank Crandell, chief engineer for the insurance company and designer of the car, as "capsule" chairs. He said they would stay in place in head-on collisions at speeds of thirty miles an hour and withstand a 30-G impact against a 5,000-pound load (one G is equivalent to the pull of gravity). The front seat of a standard production car usually is torn from the floor at much lower impact stresses, Mr. Crandell.