Date: Sat, 01 Nov 2003 14:34:50 -0500
From: ma_twain <>
Subject: Re: It's official - Saab on a deroute.....

Airbags inflate once and deflate very quickly, which is fine in a one contact accident. If you hit object one and the air bag deploy - fine, if the car rolls and gets hit the second or third time - no airbags now. If the car was designed to be safe with airbags, it will not be safe on the second or third contacts. Do they have airbags that inflate multiple times now? Grunff wrote: > Goran Larsson wrote: > >> Btw, why do you believe that an airbag is of no help in an high >> speed accident? This theory is news to me. > > > Air bags can only ever be of use as long as the body shell retains most > if it's original shape. In a high speed crash (60mph+) the body shell > retains very little of it's original shape - it deforms hugely. Most of > the damage to the occupants is due to impact with bits of deformed car > body coming at them from different directions. An airbag is of little > use [1]. > > I've been unable to find a single comprehensive study which proves that > airbags are of any real value if [a] you're travelling over 30mph and > [b] you're wearing a belt. > > [1] This is all based on stuff I've read, and sensible reasoning, not > first-hand experience. Happy to be corrected. >

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