Smart airbags are easily fooled

Truett, Richard
July 2004
Automotive News;7/19/2004, Vol. 78 Issue 6103, p1
Trade Publication
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.


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