Development of an Airbag System for FIA Formula One and Comparison to the HANS Head and Neck Support 2000-01-3543
A comparative investigation of airbag and HANS driver safety systems was carried out (HANS, is a Registered Trademark in the U.S.A.). With both systems, head and neck loads were reduced from potentially fatal values to values well below the injury threshold. Both systems performed similarly in reducing the potential for driver injury. For this reason and given the high costs of development and testing, there is no justification for further development of airbags for racing.