TITLE

Smart airbags are easily fooled

AUTHOR(S)
Truett, Richard
PUB. DATE
July 2004
SOURCE
Automotive News;7/19/2004, Vol. 78 Issue 6103, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Smart airbag systems may work with test dummies, but they are proving no match for humans. The systems are supposed to detect the size, weight and position of a front-seat passenger to control or stop the airbag's deployment. Now that automakers are starting to install these systems, defects are cropping up. Last September automakers began installing automatic airbag shutoff systems in 2004-model cars and trucks. Major suppliers include Delphi Automotive Systems, TRW Automotive, Takata Corp., Autoliv Inc., Siemens VDO Automotive and Key Safety Systems. INSETS: Airing gripes;More sensors make airbags smarter.
ACCESSION #
13901517

 

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