1968-02-01

Automatic Inflatable Occupant Restraint System - Part I and Part II 680033

An inflatable cushion restraint system is being developed which automatically inflates in front of the automobile occupant in the time interval between vehicle impact and the “second collision.”
The system draws upon the latest non-metallic material technology and controlled explosive power units to achieve the objectives of actuating the cushion in .040 seconds and attaining high reliability and sufficient storage life at a realistic cost-effectiveness ratio.
This system has undergone extensive sled, barrier, and other development tests. These tests have indicated that in experimental situations significant reductions in lap belt loads, in head and chest deceleration, and in rebound rates may be achieved as compared with the present lap belt system.
Tests with live primates, run on the Daisy Decelerator at Alamagordo, New Mexico, resulted in survivability at sled decelerations of 57 g’s vs. fatal injuries at 40 g’s for the best of all other systems tested.

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