Are sidebags dangerous in certain seating positions?
Published September 16, 1998 by International Research Council on Biokinetics of Impact in Switzerland
Testing with post mortem test subjects (PMTS) has been carried out with different sidebag systems at the Institutes of Forensic Medicine in Heidelberg and Hanover. Two systems, seat-mounted and door-mounted, were tested in critical seating positions with different testing procedures: static deployment tests, and dynamic impact tests into the door. The PMTS, equipped with three-dimensional accelerometers near the shoulder joint, the wrist, the elbow, the thorax, and the pelvis, were examined after the tests.
The experiments produced the following result: neither significant additional injuries caused by the sidebag in the impact tests nor significant injuries during the inflation test could be observed by autopsy after the tests.
The goal of this study was to estimate the injury risk due to worst case situations for the driver or passenger. Therefore, the results may not be used for efficiency studies of sidebags.