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Impact Induced Fires & Fuel Leakage: Statistical Analysis of FARS and State Date Files (1978-2001)

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Research Report


Friedman, K., T. Kenney, and E. Holloway




The final report, Impact Induced Fires & Fuel Leakage: Statistical Analysis of FARS and State Data Files (1978-2001), includes information from previous progress and task reports delivered to MVFRI and additionally a comprehensive analysis of the findings, implications for data collection and future research. There are three volumes to this final report: Volume I includes teh full report of all research tasks in the project. Volume II includes the Appendices with full description of national and international data sources. Volume III includes all papers, reports (hardcopy and electronic format) and annotated bibliography referred to in this project (Volume III is available from MVFRI). All references in electronic format have been copied on a CD in pdf form and those references that were available only in hard copy have been complied in Volume III: Papers, Articles and Reports. A full bibliographic reference has been included in CD format as entered into the GM Fire Bibliography. Volume I, Research, is organized into sections that correspond with the contract tasks in the following manner. Task I, the literature review of fire and fuel leaks in post-collision passenger vehicles is under Section I. Task 2, the evaluation of data sources of passenger vehicle post-crash fires is in Section 2. Task 3, the replication of Malliaris' methodology in the analysis of Michigan accident data and FARS is in Section 3. Task 4 the analysis of the Maryland accident files is in Section 4. Task 5, the Pennsylvania and Illinois State analyses is reported in Section 5 and 6, respectively. Task 6, identification of data requirements for improved accuracy is presented in Section 7. Finally, Section 8 concludes with overall recommendations and closing summary.

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