Although the controversy surrounding air bags has “lost some wind,” the essential problem remains: how to ensure proper air bag protection while simultaneously protecting at-risk vehicle occupants from the undesirable aspects of air bag deployment. Most automakers have been working assiduously to develop safer, “smart” SRS (supplemental restraint systems), that protect when necessary yet remove the potential for non-crash injury. BMW AG, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota Motor Corp, to name a few, ...

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