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Development of an Instrument Panel with an Integrated Chute and Seamless Airbag Door

2008-04-14
2008-01-1339
Automobile manufacturers, designers, and cockpit system integrators are in constant search of solutions that reduce the number of interruptions across interior surfaces. Engineers require that this solution be efficient in terms of reliability, parts complexity, packaging space, and cost. The purpose of this paper is to describe the design and development of a cost effective, simplified seamless passenger airbag door system with an integrated chute for instrument panels. Through engineering thermoplastic material property advantages and scoring designs, this solution has a construction which may meet both styling and performance criteria while eliminating component parts such as a separate airbag chute, hinges, tethers, brackets, inserts, fabrics, and fasteners.
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An Efficient Solution for Hard or Soft Seamless Airbag Systems

2005-04-11
2005-01-1223
Automobile manufacturers, designers, and cockpit systems integrators are in constant search for solutions in instrument panel designs that reduce the number of interruptions across styled interior contours. Eliminating the breaks across surfaces caused by functional seams or styling lines in traditional passenger airbag doors provides cleaner, more desirable interior aesthetics. Engineers require that this solution be efficient in terms of reliability, parts complexity, packaging space, and cost. The purpose of this paper is to describe the design and development of a cost effective, simplified-architecture seamless passenger airbag door system for instrument panels. Through engineering thermoplastic material property advantages and scoring designs, this solution has a construction which may meet both styling and performance criteria while eliminating component parts such as hinges, tethers, brackets, inserts, fabrics, and fasteners.
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A Low Cost, Lightweight Solution for Soft Seamless Airbag Systems

2004-03-08
2004-01-1485
OEM and Tier One integrated suppliers are in constant search of cockpit system components that reduce the overall number of breaks across smooth surfaces. Traditionally, soft instrument panels with seamless airbag systems have required a separate airbag door and a tether or steel hinge mechanism to secure the door during a deployment. In addition, a scoring operation is necessary to ensure predictable, repeatable deployment characteristics. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the development and performance of a cost-effective soft instrument panel with a seamless airbag door that results in a reduced number of parts and a highly efficient manufacturing process. Because of the unique characteristics of this material, a cost-effective, lightweight solution to meet both styling requirements, as well as safety and performance criteria, can be attained.
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