NTSB issues recommendations for aircraft restraints
• Require manufacturers to modify restraint systems vulnerable to being used incorrectly in newly built GA airplanes and to modify restraints in existing airplanes.
• Revise the guidance and certification standards for restraint systems to reduce the likelihood of misuse.
• Modify the guidance to GA airbag manufacturers as to how they should demonstrate that an airbag design provides adequate protection for a greater range of body sizes, including very small and very large individuals.
• Require the retrofitting of shoulder harnesses on all general aviation airplanes that are not currently equipped with such restraints.
• Evaluate the feasibility of requiring airbag-equipped aircraft to capture and record crash dynamics data to determine whether the system performed as designed.
• Develop a system to track safety equipment, such as restraint systems, airbags and aircraft parachutes designed to improve crash outcomes.