Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2004 23:39:55 +0100 From: Colin Stamp <colinnospamp.plus.com> Subject: Re: Do You Have A Glove Box?
On 30 Oct 2004 21:04:10 GMT, Dave Hinz <DaveHinznospamcop.net> wrote: >On Sat, 30 Oct 2004 21:37:11 +0100, Colin Stamp <colinnospamp.plus.com> wrote: >> >> 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 > >I don't think so. An airbag can only function if the person is in the expected position. With as much as people move around in crashes, it would be >impossible to keep 'em in a location for the airbag to help, no matter >how big the airbag was. I'm also not aware that there are different >airbags for different markets. I can't remember who my original source was (bloke in a pub, probably) so I did a quick google to see if I was talking drivel - after I posted, of course :o) Turned up a few pages along these lines (4th paragraph is the relevant one) http://barc.bham.ac.uk/online_reports/airbagscomments.htm It doesn't mention legislation, though I'm sure my pub source claimed that some kind of effort to protect unbelted human missiles was mandatory. Even if it was ever true, I suppose it could be out of date by now though. Cheers, Colin.