The design of an air bag module can play a critical role in reducing the severity of injuries to unbelted occupants, according to recent tests conducted by Autoliv Inc. Through a series of crash tests working with four variables: tear seams, fold, vents and cushion, Autoliv engineers found that a vertical clamshell-style air bag cover, one that has a vertical seam, had the most positive effect on driver-safety performance. Autoliv made the presentation last week during a meeting of the ...

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