After conducting studies on the explosive process of air bag deployment, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration supports their use, noting that the benefits far outweigh the risks. This article states that minor injuries--such as cuts, burns, and bruises--can be attributed to air bags at deployment, however, the risk is not sufficient to mandate change in the air bag design system. Consumer demand is driving Detroit's Big Three automakers to offer dual air bags as standard equipment in every passenger car by 1996. "Smart" air bags are on the horizon, which would calculate vehicle speed, seating position, and occupant weight, among other data. A sidebar describes side-impact air bags, which are currently available on some 1995 Volvo models.


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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 16-18
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  • Accession Number: 00672368
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 27 1995 12:00AM