A Laboratory Technique for Assessing the Skin Abrasion Potential of Airbags

Paper #:
  • 930644

Published:
  • 1993-03-01
DOI:
  • 10.4271/930644
Citation:
Reed, M. and Schneider, L., "A Laboratory Technique for Assessing the Skin Abrasion Potential of Airbags," SAE Technical Paper 930644, 1993, https://doi.org/10.4271/930644.
Pages:
8
Abstract:
In recent investigations of airbag deployments, drivers h v c reported abrasions to the face, neck, and forearms due to deploying airbags, A study of the airbag design and deployments parameters affecting the incidence and severity of abrasions caused by driver-side airbags has led to the development of a laboratory test procedure to evaluate the potential of an airbag design m cause skin injury This report describes the procedure, which is based an static deployments of airbags into a cylindrical lest fixture. The target area is covered with a material that responds to abrasion-producing events in a manner related to human skin tolerance. Test results show excellent correlation with abrasion injuries produced by airbag deployments into the skin of human volunteers.
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