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TitleSeverity of injury in road crashes: a comparison of injured occupants of forward control vehicles and conventional passenger cars
AuthorsPaix BR, Gibson TJ, McLean AJ, Woodward AJ
Year1986
TypeJournal Article
AbstractLight van are being used increasingly as substitutes for conventional passenger cars in Australia. These "forward control" vans are not required to meet the same safety standards as passenger cars. A study group of 258 injured occupants of light vans was identified from the records of the Motor Accidents Board of Victoria. A comparison group of 3468 injured occupants of conventional cars was also identified. Both groups had been inured in accidents occurring in Victoria between 1980 and 1983. The injuries received by the van occupants were compared with those received by the car occupants. Van occupants injured in frontal crashes were more likely to have sustained serious injury than were car occupants who were injured in frontal crashes. Forward control vans were found to lack protection for occupants in frontal crashes.
Journal TitleMedical Journal of Australia
Journal Volume (Issue)145(Nov 3)
Page Range433-436
Page Count4

Reference
Paix BR, Gibson TJ, McLean AJ, Woodward AJ (1986) 'Severity of injury in road crashes: a comparison of injured occupants of forward control vehicles and conventional passenger cars', Medical Journal of Australia, 145(Nov 3), pp 433-436.