Atlantic Article: History of Air Bags

1984 public-service ad (The Museum of American History)

1984 public-service ad (The Museum of American History)

The failure of Takata airbags has, sadly, made most of us think more than we used to about airbag technology as a safety feature in cars. But how many of us know anything about the history of technological changes in automobiles designed to make auto occupants safer?
The Atlantic.com has published an article, How Airbags are Supposed to Work, about Takata airbags that situations today’s problem in the content of the history of airbags and vehicle design more broadly.

Did you know that airbags originally came with an on-off switch accessible to drivers? Or that in the 1920s and 30s, one of the more prominent promoters of better auto safety was a plastic surgeon who began his advocacy work after treating patients who had survived auto crashes?

~Thanks to Asha W. Agrawal for this post

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