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Automobile crashworthiness is the ability of a car or other vehicle to protect passengers during an accident. Protection should come from design features like seats and headrests, crumple zones and seat belts. Another factor is the safety of equipment like tires. Crashworthiness focuses on protecting passengers from the second impact in a collision. The initial impact comes from the collision. The second impact is caused by a defect like the lack of laminated glass in a side window. Without laminated glass, second impact occurs when a passenger crashes through the window. Crashworthiness adds another level to liability. While a distracted driver caused an accident, crashworthiness is an issue if airbags failed to deploy. Liability would be examined in terms of the driver and airbag manufacturer.

Marine Towing and Lorris G. Towing II Corporation Sued over Ship’s Unseaworthiness
A seaman is suing Danielle Marine Towing and Lorris G. Towing II Corp., claiming he was injured as a result of the unseaworthiness of a ship on which he was working... Read More
IIHS: Rear Crash Protection in Cars: Seat/Head Restraints in Two of Every Three Models are Marginal or Poor

ARLINGTON, VA - April 5, 2007: Seat/head restraint designs in 22 current car models are rated good for rear crash protection, but those in 53 other cars are rated marginal or poor. The latest evaluations of occupant protection in rear-end collisions by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that the seat/head restraints in more than 60 percent of car models fall short of current state-of-the-art protection from neck injury or whiplash.

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