For years, the auto industry has embraced the notion that airbags need to be “intelligent,” lest they cause injury. Part of TRW's smart airbag strategy is its Active Tether system. For a small passenger, two straps of fabric inside the bag prevent it from fully inflating. They should not deploy, for instance, if a child is leaning forward to adjust the radio at the time of a collision. Still, smart airbags that deploy after factoring in the size and position of a passenger ...

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