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Side Airbags: Minimizing Injury Risk to Out-of-Position Occupants
Published December 04, 2000 by Fraunhofer Institut Chemische Technologie in Germany
Event: Airbag 2000
On August 8, 2000, automobile manufacturers and occupant restraint suppliers provided the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with a set of "recommended procedures for evaluating occupant injury risk from deploying side airbags." The recommendations specify anthropomorphic test devices, test positions, and injury criteria against which future side airbag systems will be evaluated. Although the automobile industry has a noteworthy history of developing standard test procedures for evaluating safety equipment through organizations such as the Society of Automotive Engineers and International Organization for Standardization, this marks the first time such procedures have been accompanied by a pledge to meet specific injury criteria.