In each of those crashes, and in others in which occupants were injured, the air bags
failed to deploy even after striking trees, guard rails or other objects.
Occupants with deployment of an air bag
alone or air bag
deployment with the use of a seat belt accounted for less than 9% of the sample.
Then, in May 2000, NHTSA adopted what is commonly referred to as the smart air bag
When a severe frontal collision occurs, the four crash sensors mounted on the front fork will measure the change in acceleration caused by the impact, and convey this data to the air bag
ECU, which determines whether or not it is necessary to inflate the air bag
The problem is that, for insurers, the loss due to air bag
theft is so small percentage-wise that "it's hard to get this problem to register," says Sam Massey, a supplemental-restraint specialist who works in the special investigations unit at Progressive Insurance.
The greatest amount of force occurs in the first two to three inches as the air bag
bursts through its cover and begins to inflate.
Too often today, restraint engineers say, the computers that control air bag
firing misjudge the severity of a crash.
A driver's air bag
, adjustable shoulder height seat belts and optional 4-wheel anti-lock brakes provide near carlike safety.
The advent of air bag
systems in light vehicles serves as an added safety feature for passengers in frontal collisions.
An air bag
is not just a simple cushion that imposes itself between the upper body and the steering wheel or dashboard.
It wasn't until four years later, in November 1995, that NHTSA warned the public about the danger of air bag
- induced injuries and deaths.
Faulty Air Bag
Replacements Put Consumer Lives At Risk