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Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Obese passengers would 'blast through' airplane seat belts in a crash, American scientists have warned.
According to the New YorkTimes, safety standards have failed to keep up with America's growing waistline and aircraft engineers are still designing seats for overweight passenges.
'If a heavier person completely fills a seat, the seat is not likely to behave as intended during a crash,' University of Virginia Center for Applied Biomechanics principal scientist Robert Salzar told the Times. 'The energy absorption that is built into the aircraft seat is likely to be overwhelmed and the occupants will not be protected optimally.'
Dr Salzar said seat belts should also be tested to ensure that they could restrain obese travellers.
'You'd be amazed at how the large person blasts through that restraint,' he said.
A third of Americans are now classified as obese and new research predicts 42 percent will be supersizes by 2030.
Yoshihiro Ozawa, from Japanese crash dummy manufacturer Jasti Ltd. said our ballooning bellies has warned there's no data proving 'seats and seat belts are safe enough' for larger passengers.
'If we dont test with heavier dummies, we wont know if it is safe enough and there is no regulation that says they have to test for heavier.'
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