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Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2004 23:39:55 +0100
From: Colin Stamp <>
Subject: Re: Do You Have A Glove Box?

On 30 Oct 2004 21:04:10 GMT, Dave Hinz <> wrote: >On Sat, 30 Oct 2004 21:37:11 +0100, Colin Stamp <> 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) 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 Even if it was ever true, I suppose it could be out of date by now though.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.

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