Delegating to the automobile: Experimenting with automotive restraints in the 1970s

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Abstract

This article explores the attempts in the United States in the 1970s to implement a new paradigm for automobile safety—crashworthiness,the idea that automobile passengers should be protected in the event of a crash. A large number of strategies were proposed, including air bags, seatbelt modifications, mandatory belt-use laws, and ignition interlocks. Many of these did not initially come to fruition, but they did give the automobile safety community a chance to experiment with different ways of distributing responsibilities between automobile occupants, automobile manufacturers, and, to a lesser extent, government agencies. These experiments helped pave the way for the successful implementation of a number of new strategies in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)440-463
Number of pages24
JournalTechnology and Culture
Volume56
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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