TRC Inc. and OSU team up for crash program


In September 2015, Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC Inc.) collaborated with The Ohio State University (OSU), conducting tests to evaluate Child Restraint Systems (CRS).

TRC Inc., as an industry partner and member of the Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS), worked with OSU’s Injury Biomechanics Research Center to perform 16 sled tests, investigating the effects of common CRS-to-vehicle incompatibilities to see what (if any) effect they have on CRS performance and injury criteria.

Previous work examined the dimensions of large samples of CRS and vehicles to determine which incompatibilities might occur and how often; those incompatibilities then became the focus of the sled tests. In addition to studying incompatibilities, tests were used to produce video which can be used to show parents (1) the benefits of using rear-facing seats as long as possible, (2) the importance of using the top tether when using forward-facing seats, and (3) using a booster seat until the seat belt fits properly by itself.

TRC Inc. is a proud sponsor of CChIPS, and is committed to providing support through strong partnerships with OSU’s Injury Biomechanics Center and other researchers within CChIPS.