Driver Airbag Police Flee Demonstration Program - a 24-Month Progress Report 856013
The objective of this program is to design, test, evaluate,
manufacture, and install in 500 state highway patrol vehicles a
driver airbag retrofit system.
Airbag system benefits are universally accepted. However, the
costs, complexities, and availabilities of these systems are widely
misunderstood. This program takes much of the mystery out of the
airbag and demonstrates to fleet operators and the public at large
that airbag technology, components, and systems do presently exist
and can be acquired at a reasonable cost.
Detailed information on system design, selection of vehicles and
states to participate, as well as sled testing and full-scale crash
testing are presented as SAE Paper 841216, "Driver Airbag
Police Fleet Demonstration Program--A 15-Month Progress
Report" by the same authors. The present paper reviews very
briefly those aspects of the program and places emphasis on the
field experience of the 500-car fleet, which to this point has
experienced 18 actual airbag deployment crashes (16 of which have
occurred in the past 9 months).
David J. Romeo, John B. Morris
Romeo Kojyo Co. Inc., U.S. Dept. of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safet
International Technical Conference on Enhanced Safety of Vehicles