1998-02-23

Smart Airbag Systems 980558

Paper introduces cost effective design alternatives for “out of position” occupant safety, including:
  • Extractable passenger side lids which move out of the way before airbag deploys.
  • Multi-stage tether controlled airbag deployment dynamically senses “out of position” resistance and controls deployment of further stages.
  • Airbag back pressure activated steering column forward and down movement.
  • Two stage thorax bag with tether control to prevent catapulting “out of position” occupants.
  • Two stage headrest that expands forward and sideways to protect occupant heads in rear end crashes. Second stage activates only if no “out of position” is detected.

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