This Mini-Documentary About The Airbag Is Fascinating

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We take airbags for granted today, being the preferred way for most of us not to slam our faces into windshields and dashboards at speed. But it's easy to forget just how difficult it was to get them in cars a few decades ago. This little NYT Retroreport does a nice job recapping the fight.


With the recent batch of airbag-related recalls, it's worthwhile to look back at the history of these face-preserving devices, and just how incredibly far they've come.



People don't realize how far back many safety, and other, innovations go. Production ready and available airbags in the early 70's, ABS in the late 60's?

Laugh at the Big 3's smog choked engines and land-barges all you want but they had(have) some talented engineers that could(can) do great things when turned loose.