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    Default New Airbags Make Extrication Safer

    The new 2006 full-size Cadillac DTS sedan and 2006 Buick Lucerne are going to arrive in showrooms equipped with the dual-depth airbags that GM unveiled earlier this year. The airbags are designed to deploy in two sizes depending on variables such as crash severity and the position of the front seats. Instead of using 2 inflators that leave the question "Did the airbag go off on both stages or just one stage?" these new airbags have only 1 inflator that changes the size of the bag.

    The dual depth air bag deploys from the front passenger side within the instrument panel. When the small air bag is required, a tether holds the air bag back to the smaller size, and gas is vented from the module housing. For the larger air bag deployment, the tether is released, the module-housing vent is shut off, and the air bag is allowed to expand to its full size. GM says that they will be using this system in all of their vehicles soon.

    Driver's frontal airbag will still use a 2 stage system with 2 inflator charges.
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    I won't feel safe until they put a big red switch on the dash that interupts the power leading to the inflator and bleeds the stored gas catridges.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmfire
    I won't feel safe until they put a big red switch on the dash that interupts the power leading to the inflator and bleeds the stored gas catridges.
    I think this is the best idea I've ever heard....it's already been done in motorsports. Specifically the American Le Mans Series.
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    The reality is that the Automakers will not spend the additional money to install a cut-off switch like this because the number of injuries are still pretty low. If 1000 lives were lost then they would react. There is also the problem of somebody disabling somebody elses vehicle. Until we can get the attention of the Insurance companies I'm afraid things will continue as they have. The relationship that Ron Moore has been able to develop between himself and State Farm will prove invaluable when it comes to forcing the Automakers to do the right thing in the future!

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