Advancements in Equipment and Testing Methodologies for Airbag Systems in Response to Changes to Federal Safety Requirements 2003-01-0497
As a result of changing safety regulations, airbag manufacturers and automakers are continually creating and developing new types of airbag systems. These devices are used to afford protection to vehicle occupants in the event of a collision. Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) established new requirements for airbags under Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 208 - Occupant Crash Protection  and FMVSS 201U - Upper Interior Head Impact Protection . This paper will discuss improved testing equipment and methodologies in the areas of component and full-vehicle testing involving various types of airbags. This work has been the direct result of numerous airbag system development projects currently underway.
The types of new equipment and test methodologies for airbags that will be discussed in this paper include:
Airbag Deployment Chamber for Static Airbag Deployment
Readers of this paper will gain a broader understanding of the new developments in airbag design, testing, and validation. This paper will provide information regarding the latest changes to the federal safety regulations with respect to advanced airbag devices and a summary of required testing. It will also offer details regarding the new testing equipment and test methodologies available today.
Citation: Smith, M., Kaleto, H., Nowak, T., and Gotwals, D., "Advancements in Equipment and Testing Methodologies for Airbag Systems in Response to Changes to Federal Safety Requirements," SAE Technical Paper 2003-01-0497, 2003, https://doi.org/10.4271/2003-01-0497. Download Citation
Michael J. Smith, Helen A. Kaleto, Todd J. Nowak, David G. Gotwals
MGA Research Corporation
SAE 2003 World Congress & Exhibition
Airbags and Safety Test Methodology-SP-1776