A Crash Course on Airbags Essay

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Car crashes are one of the leading causes for death in many countries all around the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “About 1.24 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes.” This number is increasing rapidly and the WHO predicts it will reach 1.9 million deaths annually by 2020. To put that into perspective, that is almost like the entire population of Latvia dieing out over the course of a year because of car crashes. Speeding and driving under the influence (DUI) are two other prominent reasons for road traffic collisions. It would be close to impossible to stop all crashes, so the best thing we can do now is to do what we can in order to protect the people facing these tragic occurrences. …show more content…

This is a very strict law against having even small amounts of alcohol in your system while you are driving. If these laws can be strictly enforce by law enforcement, such as the police, they could reduce the number of road deaths by 20%. These laws affect everyone within the its jurisdiction, or basically countrywide in any countries that enforce these laws against speeding and DUI. My final point is as I said before that more than one million people die annually because because of car accidents and this number is increasing. It is because of its rapid increase in numbers that scientists and big car companies alike have been busily working on solutions to this growing issue.

The first company to come out with a commercially used airbag was General Motors, in 1974. In 1998, airbags finally became a required safety measure on all new commercial cars. All airbags can be deployed quickly, but the fastest one is directly inside the drivers wheel. From the time the airbag senses a crash it only takes about 30 milliseconds for it to deploy and it takes around 200 milliseconds to blink your eye. If you blink you might just miss it, no pun intended. These speedy pillows are fast because of the jet fuel the inflates them. Without the fuel the bag wouldn’t be able to inflate fast enough to save the head of the driver, which is being pulled forward by momentum like a

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