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This publication contains the proceedings of the EC seminar on the biomechanics of impacts in road accidents which concluded an EC sponsored study programme on biomechanics. The objective of this programme was to establish a scientific basis for a new generation of Community requirements within the framework of the EEC type-approval procedure for motor vehicles, in view of a further improvement of the safety of car occupants and other road users. The programme was carried out between 1978 and 1982 in order to promote biomechanical research in Europe by means of a coherent programme of financial participation in individual studies, investigations and experiments performed by different scientific institutes and laboratories. The proceedings take up the reports referring to the results of the different research projects as well as the contributions made during their discussion at the four technical sessions. These sessions reflected the main themes of the seminar, i.e.: (i) pedestrians in car front impacts; (ii) lateral impacts and injury prediction models; (iii) frontal impacts; (iv) development and testing of side impact dummies. The fifth and final session was devoted to the assessment of the scientific value and the complementarity of the work carried out during the programme to those performed by other organizations and countries in the world and to examine the applicability of these results to future regulations. Remaining uncertainties in the necessary knowledge have been identified and recommendations for further actions have been formulated.

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Bibliographic Reference: EUR 8938 EN (1984) FS, 561 P., BFR 1800, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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