Automobile Airbags – Deployment Thresholds and Effectiveness in Protecting Occupants

Modern airbags are effective devices for reducing injuries to a vehicle’s occupants in a crash. However, their operation and the conditions under which they deploy are not widely understood, often leading to questions of whether an airbag’s deployment (or non-deployment) was ‘proper’  in the case under investigation. Since airbags deploy in just a few milliseconds and therefore at high velocities, it is necessary that their deployment be designed so as to maximize the protection they offer. It is also necessary to ensure that they do not deploy In cases where their deployment itself may cause harm to the occupants. Brief overview of parameters governing a vehicle’s decision to deploy its airbags is presented.

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Does ‘Lightweight’ Equal ‘Less Safe’ in Automobile Design?

Fuel efficiency rules in US mandate passenger vehicles to achieve 54.5 mpg average by 2025. Meeting this big challenge requires new technology, including large reductions in vehicle mass. Is a lighter vehicle less safe in crashes? What does it imply for manufacturers and for customers? How important is vehicle’e mass in assessing product liability? Should the vehicle’s mass be considered a factor in investigating accident causation and the injury causation?

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