Press Release Summary:
Dual-depth passenger air bag deploys in small or large size depending on seat position, seat belt use, and crash severity. Inflation energy is also adjusted at 2 different pressures according to crash severity. Fully compatible with existing restraint electronics products, system does not require automakers to make any architecture changes to incorporate into vehicles.
Original Press Release:
Delphi Supplies First Dual-Depth Passenger Air Bag to General Motors
Adaptive air bag system tailors restraint for the front passenger
TROY, Mich., Feb. 21 -- Delphi Corp.'s (NYSE:DPH) newest front passenger air bag technology -- the dual-depth passenger air bag is featured for the first time in the automotive industry on two General Motors' programs, Delphi announced today.
The dual-depth front passenger air bag is standard equipment on the 2006 Cadillac DTS and the 2006 Buick Lucerne, which debuted at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this month. The dual-depth air bag is one air bag that can deploy in a small or large size based on seat position, seat belt use and crash severity. The bag's inflation energy is also adjusted at two different pressures according to the crash severity.
The dual-depth air bag represents the next generation of air bag technology because of its potential to help restrain a front-seat passenger in a greater variety of seating and crash situations. A conventional dual-stage air bag inflates to a single shape with different pressures.
"Advancements in safety aren't just about safety ratings under very specified test conditions. Safety is also about common sense. Essentially, the Delphi dual-depth airbag system uses common sense to help protect people of all shapes and sizes under a multitude of crash conditions," said Jeff Owens, vice president of Delphi Corporation and president of Delphi Electronics & Safety.
The system is fully compatible with existing restraint electronics products. Automakers are not required to make any vehicle architecture changes to incorporate the dual-depth air bag into their vehicles.
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