Go-kart-related injuries and fatalities in Australia

R. H. Grzebieta*, R. Mitchell, R. Zou, G. Rechnitzer

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Go-kart-related injuries and fatalities have been investigated in several international studies over the past two decades, yet few have focussed on their crashworthiness. Go-karts are a unique racing and recreational vehicle that require careful consideration in terms of crashworthiness issues. Furthermore, no studies have been reported investigating Australian go-kart-related injuries and fatalities. To address this gap, the pattern of hospitalised morbidity and death associated with go-kart-related injuries in Australia were analysed. Also an in-depth case study of a go-kart fatal incident was simulated using a multi-body program commonly used to design crashworthy vehicle and barrier systems in order to highlight implications for the crashworthy design required for go-kart safety equipment and barrier protection. Recommendations concerning accessible safety devices such as seat belts, roll bars and appropriately designed energy dissipating crashworthy barrier systems are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-405
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Crashworthiness
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes


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