History of Automotive Sensors[Update: I Do Retract My Original Version Of This: My research is based upon a very limited understanding of the Authors that I have read. Im certain that my assessment that side impacts do not save lives, is not entirely true. In fact, I am drawing those conclusions from only 7 papers. Again, Im certain that I missed much, but my goal is to keep people alive. If it helps even .00001% of the population, it is worth it 100%. I apologize for that comment.] Paul Whitehorn
The first patent for an airbag system in the U.S. was issued to J.W. Hetrick on August 18, 1953. It wasn’t until 1970 when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tried to make laws surrounding restraints and airbags. There were several messy court battles spanning almost two decades with the Nixon and Regan administration, which prevented airbag safety laws. It wasn’t until 1995 that congress finally passed a bill requiring airbags.