The Impact Of Air Bags On The Field Of Biomechanics Along With Advancements

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Contributions with the field of biomechanics along with advancements in technology have led to improvements in the general and public safety pertaining to motor vehicles. Air bags have reduced mortality rates in motor vehicle accidents significantly throughout the years. Air bags have undergone development for many years, first being introduced in the 1960’s with the release of the first commercial air bag in the 1980’s appearing in motor vehicles. Air bags have been a subject of research and tests throughout the years currently still evolving. Through studies and research collected, air bags have shown to be a beneficial innovation to the health and safety of the public. Air bags are intended to provide maximum protection to driver and passenger occupants during a collision. “Head, neck, and chest body regions are considered most vulnerable to severe trauma (Pintar, Yoganandan, Gennarelli, 2000)”. An air bag is rapidly inflated during the impact of a collision. It is intended to serve as a cushion to the driver or passenger to prevent or reduce severe injury. We know that moving objects possess a momentum. The product of the mass and velocity of an object equals its momentum. Newton’s first law of motion states that an object will continue to move in its speed and direction unless forces are acted upon. The vehicle itself along with the passengers inside represents a moving object. Passengers inside, unless restrained or acted upon will continue moving at the speed of

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