GM's Front Center Air Bag and Takata's Side Impact Airbags

Posted by buyautoparts on July 18th, 2022

GM and Takata, a Japanese car manufacturer, worked together for three years to design and develop a front air bags. They studied the restraint and tested many different design iterations and their packaging and cushioning to make sure the front center air bag would properly protect the occupant. They incorporated various crash scenarios and the size and shape of the occupants to create a patented cushion design that would fit perfectly.  For more Information Please contact @ (424) 449-0599

Side-impact airbags reduce driver fatalities by 29 percent

In a study comparing the effectiveness of head-protecting side airbags to torso-only side airbags, side-impact airbags were found to significantly reduce the risk of fatalities for drivers in passenger cars. Side airbags significantly reduced fatalities in small and midsize cars and SUVs. The risk of death from side-impact collisions was reduced by 29 percent in SUVs and pickup trucks, and by 29 percent in full-sized cars. The study used two types of side airbags to measure the effectiveness of each type, adjusting for front/rear impact points and torso protection.  For more Information Please contact @ (424) 449-0599

In midsize cars with torso-only side airbags, side-impact airbags significantly reduced the risk of death from crash partner passenger vehicles and two-vehicle crashes, and had a lower risk for female drivers. The reductions in risk were comparable between torso-only and head-protecting airbags, even though the number of drivers in these cars was much smaller.

Side-impact airbags reduce driver fatality in two-vehicle collisions by approximately 29 percent. During these collisions, the crash partner vehicle must be a passenger car or minivan. Combined, the two-vehicle crash resulted in the death of 29 percent of drivers in a passenger car. Although the crash partner vehicle must be smaller, side airbags reduce the risk of driver fatalities by 29 percent.  For more Information Please contact @ (424) 449-0599

Inflatable seat belts prevent children from sliding down in their seats

Inflatable seat belts are used on cars to keep children from sliding down in their seats. However, their use is not widespread yet. In a study in February 2022, the IIHS warned that inflatable boosters may not be stiff enough to prevent children from sliding out of their seats. It does not recommend BubbleBum seat belts until more research is available. However, some parents have expressed interest in purchasing inflatable boosters.

The inflatable seat belt works to protect both adults and children in a crash. It's made of thicker material than a conventional seat belt and deploys within milliseconds of a collision. The seatbelt spreads crash force over a larger area, making it less likely to cause injuries to the torso and spine. It's worth noting that Ford has offered to sell its technology to other car manufacturers. However, it does not elaborate on whether other companies have taken it up.  For more Information Please contact @ (424) 449-0599

Another manufacturer of inflatable seat belts is Ford. The Ford Explorer is the first car to use the technology. Next year, Ford plans to make inflatable seat belts available in all new vehicles. They are thicker than conventional seat belts, but they also feature an airbag-like cushion inside. The inflatable seat belt prevents children from sliding down in their seats and is recommended for vehicles with built-in latch offs.

Child dummies are used to test airbags

For decades, vehicle safety research focused mainly on testing and ensuring the safety of drivers and passengers in the front. Since the mid-1980s, however, states have begun to mandate the use of car seats for children. The need for a dummy representing an infant prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to create one. The result is the Child Restraint/Air Bag Interaction (CRABI) dummy. This 22-pound dummy resembles the weight and size of a typical twelve-month-old baby.  For more Information Please contact @ (424) 449-0599

This dummy is designed to assess the effects of a rear impact on the head and neck of a child. Its main purpose is to help designers develop effective head restraints. BioRID dummies are specially designed with 24 vertebrae simulators that allow them to assume a natural seating position and simulate neck movements that occur during a rear-end collision. Aside from this, other dummies used in crash tests are CRABI dummies and BioRID dummies.

Humanetics is the world's leading manufacturer of crash test dummies. Based in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Humanetics produces crash test dummies for virtually every major automotive manufacturer. It is the supplier of most ZF ATDs. In addition to dummies used for airbag tests, Humanetics also creates a wide range of life jackets and aircraft safety equipment.  For more Information Please contact @ (424) 449-0599

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