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Air Bag Supplemental Restraint System Differences and Field Experience
Published September 01, 1993 by ISATA - Dusseldorf Trade Fair in United Kingdom
Event: ISATA 1993
The success of modern-day supplemental restraint systems is clear, but key challenges remain. Complaints and misconceptions about air bag systems can result when customers do not understand how the systems function. This paper outlines several misconceptions that result from differences between the consumer's understanding of air bag systems, including their content, function and performance, and the actual system operation and field performance of air bag systems. In fact, all air bag systems are not alike - There are important differences. The safety community faces the challenge of recognizing and understanding these differences. Field investigation remains critical to both the automotive industry and the research community's understanding of real-world occupant restraint system performance. Field experience has suggested that the combination of properly used safety belts and modern air bags can provide the best overall risk reduction.