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Published on Jul 3, 2009
From the UK Documentary Series CRASH: Episode 1 of 3: Carnage. This episode gives a brief history of car safety, showing how our love of the car soon became tarnished by a massive road toll in the 1950s and 60s and the designed in faults and dangers that were killing and injuring motorists at speeds as low as 10mph. The rise of consumerism in the 60s & 70s brought huge changes to the way automakers and governments thought about car safety and it is now a huge part of automotive engineering design. This episode also looks at some famous and infamous cars (the Mini, Corvair, Pinto) and many of the safety flaws in their design.
In this episode: -Princess Diana Car Crash reconstruction (Part 1) -Alarming Fatalities of the 1950s (Part 2) -The Big 3, birth of car safety & the Mini (Part 3) -Uncontrollable Deaths, Ralph Nader, Corvair & Pinto (Part 4) -The Quest to improve car safety Seatbelts & Airbags (Part 5) -Safety Sells the 1980s & 1990s (Part 6)
Episode 2: Fatal Attraction: The person behind the wheel: Driver Behaviour and Human Error in causing crashes. Episode 3: What Happened?: The role of the Car Crash Detective :Forensic reconstruction of fatal crashes.