What About an Airbag Underwater?
Interesting question from the Coast guard.
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Dear Mr. Ron Moore,
In addition to working full-time for the Coast Guard Hovercraft unit I work part-time as a Paramedic. My interest in your research includes any studies that have been done on airbag deployment underwater. As a rescue diver, part of our role is to search and rescue people from submerged vehicles. I would like to know if there is any data and testing on underwater deployment and it's effects on divers due to shock-wave effect.
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Nothing has been done that I know of or if it has been researched, the info is not available to the public.
My gut feeling...there would be no problem. I believe the resistance of the water would so overwhelm the inflation of the airbag that the diver would be safe.
Your personnel should however remain clear of the 10', 18' and 5" inflation zones of the airbags. That's 10" for the driver's bag and 18" inches for the front passenger. The 5' refers to the fact that all side impact airbags; seat, doors, and roofs, are 5" thick when inflated.
Make sure your guys are also aware of the frontal knee bags on models since 1995.