Geneva, Switzerland – A new crash test standard set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) should reduce the number of pedestrian leg injuries caused by dangerous car design.

The new standard sets out a test method to assess the protection of an adult pedestrian by simulating the leg-impact conditions sustained during the car-to-pedestrian crash. The goal is to provide information on pedestrian safety to consumers, and to induce manufacturers to develop vehicles with excellent pedestrian protection.

“The pedestrian impact test simulates accidents in which a pedestrian is hit by an oncoming vehicle,” said Sukhbir Bilkhu, chair of the subcommittee that developed the standard. “These accidents represent about 15 per cent of fatal crashes. Thanks to (the standard), we will make substantial progress in improving vehicle structure, and in so doing, reducing pedestrian lower limb injuries.”

The test will assess the most hazardous areas of the bumper, hood and hood edge by firing dummy body parts at the areas, simulating crashes at 16 and 20 km/h on an adult pedestrian. The data is then assessed and scores are determined for various parts of the crash test.

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