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Air Bags

Imagine you are driving on the freeway, and you are bumped from behind by another driver. Its nothing serious, but the bump triggered your airbags to go off. Startled by the airbags inflating for no real reason, you wait for them to deflate so you can move to the shoulder. Meanwhile, another car travelin ....

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.... inflates within about 1/20 of a second after impact at a speed of 200 mph. On occasion, this rapid force has caused injuries and even some deaths. After inflating, the air bag rapidly lets out sodium azide propellant which then converts to nitrogen gas and leaves a residue of sodium hydroxide and other aerosols filling up inside the car. The air bag was originally tested for NASA and airplanes, but its applications elsewhere seemed logical (Resh 12). In 1970 and 1971, the automotive industry began to discuss the use of passive restraints in collisions to increase safety. Pas ....

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