National Geographic : 1972 Sep
Panic stops, potholes, even a crash landing didn't fool the airbag. The airbag works. But only when it's needed. Air bags are people-protectors that automatically inflate, cushion you and deflate-all in half a second. And only in a serious crash. Not a bump. .ar approacnes Darner au 1I -mpn. kivian wearing lap belt only.) Air bag cushions man, prevents injury 4/100ths of a second after impact. Air bag deflates within 2 second. Passenger uninjured. Crash landing does not inflate air bag. To help convince you air bags are reliable and can't be fooled, we had Dynamic Science, an independent test facility, test some of our air bag equipped fleet cars in Arizona. Results: just as expected. The air bag worked, and worked only when it was supposed to: no accidental inflation. That's because the special air bag sensing device is designed to inflate the bag only in a frontal crash severe enough to cause serious injury. Safety experts say air bags could save thousands of lives a year. And prevent hundreds of thousands of injuries. Let's get air bags into cars. Let's do it now. AIIstate Let's make driving a good thing.