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Development of Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review Vol.16 No.2

Summary

Fatalities in rollover accidents have recently been increasing in the US. In particular, 60% of fatalities in SUVs are related to rollover accidents. In addition, 62% of occupants who die in rollover accidents involving all passenger vehicles are either partially or completely ejected from the vehicle. To help address this issue, a side curtain airbag system has been developed that enhances occupant safety in rollover accidents. When a rollover sensor detects the possibility of the vehicle rolling, the side curtain airbags are deployed, covering the greater part of the side windows and thus reducing the possibility of occupant ejection.

Reference

(1) National Center for Statistics and Analysis Traffic Safety Facts 2002: A Compilation of Motor Vehicle Crash Data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and General Estimates System DOT HS 809 620, p. 80-81
(2) National Center for Statistics and Analysis: Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Fatality and Injury Estimates for 2002, 2002 Annual Assessment
(3) Deutermann, W.: Characteristics of Fatal Rollover Crashes, Technical Report DOT HS 809 438
(4) Summers, S., Harper C.: Ejection Mitigation Using Advanced Glazing, A Status Report, November 1995, Old Docket Number 95-41-GR
(5) Willke, D., Summers, S., Wang, J., Lee,J., Partyka, S., Duffy, S.: Ejection Mitigation Using Advanced Glazing Status Report II, Docket Number NHTSA-1996-1782-21
(6) Willke, D., Summers, S., Wang, J., Lee, J., Harper, C., Partyka, S., Duffy, S.: Ejection Mitigation Using Advanced Glazing Final Report, Docket Number NHTSA-1996-1782-22
(7) Analog Devices, Inc.: http://www.analog.com/ library/analogDialogue/archives/37-03/gyro.html

Author (organization or company)

Naotoshi TAKEMURA(Tochigi R&D Center)、Osamu TAKAHATA(Tochigi R&D Center)、Shigeo TOBARU(Tochigi R&D Center)、Yoshimasa EGUCHI(Tochigi R&D Center)

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