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Evolution of the Restraint Systems
Seat belts and airbags are restraint systems that have established themselves on a worldwide scale. These systems have changed a great deal over the years. Today’s sophisticated and effective restraint systems offer the occupants even greater protection in line with the situation in hand.
Evolution of the restraint systems
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To make this possible, computers that use various sensors determine the likely accident severity as well as ascertaining the front passenger’s individual data. If the sensor system detects a small front passenger, it initially only triggers the first airbag stage, depending on the predicted impact severity, meaning that less air is injected into the airbag. If the system senses a larger front passenger, however, both airbag stages are triggered.
The engineers have also further improved the crash sensors. By way of example, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is fitted with a total of eleven sensors which provide data regarding the type and severity of an impact at an early stage and are able to differentiate between a frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, and rollover. Like the further developed restraint systems – seat belts, airbags, and head restraints – extensive innovations covering practically every aspect of the body structure and the passenger cell provide invaluable assistance in critical situations.
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