In 1952, the first of a series of patents was filed for automatic air bags to protect occupants in vehicle crashes. In 1968 prototype development of air bags became advanced enough to initiate federal government interest. However, except for a few Mercedes Benz models, air bags are not available to car buyers today. Events which have delayed making air bags available are listed chronologically in this report. The events listed here span a period from March 1967 (the National Traffic Safety Agency and the National Highway Safety Agency tell the Senate that automatic restraints will be mandated as soon as technology permits) to July 1984 (Department of Transportation orders all new 1990 model cars to be equipped with automatic restraints unless two thirds of the U.S. population is covered by state laws requiring seat belt use by 1989; ten percent of all 1987 model cars, 25% of 1988 model cars, and 40% of 1989 models must be equipped with automatic restraints).

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: 10 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00395454
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Revision, HS-037 975
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1985 12:00AM