If all new vehicles were equipped with airbags, approximately 4500 metric tons a year of gas generant material would be introduced into public use. Significant health and environmental side effects may result. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208 requires U. S. automobile manufacturers to provide passive occupant restraints in large-size 1982 model year automobiles. Airbag restraint systems (ABRS) are being considered to meet this requirement. Two types of ABRS are under consideration, hybrid and pyrotechnic. The hybrid device utilizes chemical gas generants in conjunction with stored gas such as argon or nitrogen. Pyrotechnic models use a solid propellant such as sodium azide as a direct gas (primarily nitrogen) generant. Systems based totally on stored gas are receiving some attention by vehicle manufacturers abroad.

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 82-84
  • Serial:
    • Automotive Engineering
    • Volume: 87
    • Issue Number: 6
    • Publisher: Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
    • ISSN: 0098-2571

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00301665
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 19 1979 12:00AM