Kettering's Crash Test Center Celebrates B-Day 8-24-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Kettering's Crash Test Center Celebrates B-Day 8-24-2010

Kettering University is celebrating five years of saving lives by marking the anniversary of the opening of its crash safety center.
Kettering students have run various types of crash tests from the lab since it began operating at the school in Flint in 2005, one year before the federal government began regulating safety standards for child car seats.
"Crashes are going to occur, no matter what," said professor Janet Brelin-Fornari. She said the lab provides students with real life experiences.
Monday's test propelled a 3-year-old-sized test dummy down their track at 30mph. "If we can protect the children that are in our vehicles, the better," said Brelin-Fornari.
The university routinely teams up with Hurley Medical Center to show parents the devastating effects of a wrongly installed car seat.
Lew Moquim, with Safe Kids of Greater Flint, said some are minor mistakes, but those are the ones that could be fatal. "Ninety-eight percent of the car seats that we inspect we can find one problem with," said Moquim. "It's really nice to get that phone call from the parent -- 'We were in a car crash today and our car was totaled, but everyone was OK.'"
The simulator is kept running through grants, donations and corporate sponsors.
Right now, Kettering is in the process of proposing new regulations for child car seats to make manufacturers responsible for side impacts, something that does not currently exist in the industry.
Kettering said its lab has helped strengthen the university's ties with the auto industry and the military.
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