Device to Address the Competing Needs of Ensuring Lockability of Seat Belts and Mitigating Entrapment Risk

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT5716C10018
Agency Tracking Number: 142NH1001II
Amount: $499,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 142NH1
Solicitation Number: DTRT5714RSBIR2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-04-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-04-20
Small Business Information
4 Beringer Way, Marblehead, MA, 01945-2596
DUNS: 052511446
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Liteplo
 Director of Engineering
 (781) 631-7500
 bill@toolinc.com
Business Contact
 Jason Sidman
Title: VP Business Development
Phone: (781) 631-7500
Email: jason@toolinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Federal regulations require a seat belt assembly with a locking lap belt to be available in passenger seating positions to securely accommodate a child restraint system. More recently, federal regulations have been updated to improve the quality of the child restraint system and the mechanisms by which it is secured. However, there are restrictions on total weight capacities for new restraint systems, which would then require using the seat belt. Consequently, it is critical for the safety of those passengers to continue to improve on the design of the locking mechanisms that secure those systems in those cars. Building on its previous work, Tool, Inc. will design, develop, and evaluate potential countermeasures in preparation for future commercialization.

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