Date: Mon, 01 Nov 2004 21:29:34 +0000 From: Colin Stamp <colinnospamp.plus.com> Subject: Re: Do You Have A Glove Box?
On Mon, 1 Nov 2004 14:33:59 -0500, "Fred W." <Fred.Willsnospamove this to reply to' myrealbox.com> wrote: > >"Colin Stamp" <colinnospamp.plus.com> wrote in message >news:b1u7o0lsmu3p4jjdb7tquo78o1227oa7fgnospamcom... >> I've heard that one other reason why the US has a comparatively high >> occurrence of people (not just children) being killed by airbags, is >> that US airbags are much bigger than european ones. European ones are >> designed to work alongside the seat belts. US ones (I think) have to >> be able to protect people who aren't even wearing seat belts. > >You heard wrong. The US Airbags are meant to be used in conjunction with >seatbelts just like yours. Where did I say they weren't meant to be used with seatbelts? US airbags have an *extra* requirement above european ones - they have to provide some last-ditch protection for beltless people. To meet that requirement, they have to be bigger, more powerful and more dangerous. A casual Google seems to confirm. It seems I heard right after all. Cheers, Colin.