Car safety experts and manufactures from all over the world have gathered in Washington in the united States for the nine-day, multi-million-dollar "Transpo '72" transport exhibition which ends there on June 4.
SVS cars on read crashing nose-to-tail. (8 shots)
UK, 1972 GVS and SVS Vehicles lie wrecked on motor-way after massive multiple crash. (6 shots)
US, 1972 GV PAN AND SV PAN Safety car crashed into wall in test. (2 shots)
USA, 1971 LVS Car and lorry in separate crashes on highway. (Actuality scenes) (3 shots)
UK, 1962 CU's and GV PAN Anti-skid device tested on car. (4 shots)
USA, '66 SVS and CU's Care crashed deliberately head-on in bumper tests. (5 shots)
USA, 1966 SVS Italian safety car on exhibition. (7 shots)
UK, 1962 GV PAN AND MV Car deliberately crashed in safety-belt test. (2 shots)
UK, 1967 SVS PAN Slow-motion dummy children in test sledge during crash to demonstrate child safety shield. (2 shots)
UK, 1972 SV Adult safety shield AND SV PAN Laboratory sledge-and-dummy test on same. (2 shots).
UK, 1972 Modern safety features on car, including headlamp wipers,
...instrument warning gauges (2 shots),
...dashboard and windscreen on safety car.
USA, 1971 SVS SLOW MOTION airbag test crashes with sledge and dummies. (4 shots)
SWEDEN, 1972, SVS and GVS and GV PAN Volve safety car. (6 shots)
USA, 1972, SV PAN SLOW MOTION. Car rashes into wall in safety bumper lest. (3 shots).
UK, 1972 (AS IN SEQUENCE TWO ABOVE) Multiple crash aftermath. (3 shots)
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Background: Car safety experts and manufactures from all over the world have gathered in Washington in the united States for the nine-day, multi-million-dollar "Transpo '72" transport exhibition which ends there on June 4. Their main task, during conferences held at the exhibition, will be to review a decade of car safety developments -- and to discuss economical ways of manufacturing the safest possible production cars.
For the facts on car safety -- or the lack of it -- are startling. For example, road accidents are one of the major causes of death in the world today. For example, more people have been killed in road crashes in the last fifty years than were killed in BOTH world wars. For example, the casts of road accidents in the last fifty years were greater than the costs of either world wars.
So while international governments continue introducing stringent standards for cars, and while manufacturers spend billions of dollars annually on the development of car safety, lives are still being lost daily in road crashes in almost every country in the world.
Since the mass introduction of cars earlier this century, manufacturers have consistently improved on the safe handling of their vehicles. But it is only in the last decade or so that major efforts have been made to ensure the survival of car occupants AFTER a crash. And even then, experts have accused some manufacturers of only producing the barest minimum of safety features to conform to government safety standards, and of neglecting PRIMARY safety -- that is, making a car safe enough in handling to AVOID an accident. In one classic example, a United States "consumer watchdog" forced an American manufacturer to withdraw a particular model after proving that the car was dangerously unsafe in handling.
This production, from the Visnews Library, shows some development aspects in car safety over the last decade, including the latest in safety cars manufactured to the stringent standards being introduced by governments. Film of these developments is backed by dramatically horrifying film of the consequences of relatively poor handling and frail bodies on many modern cars. It is complete with good natural sound throughout.