Monday, February 7, 2011

car-evolutioncars TRIVIA: March 1981: world premiere of the airbag and belt tensioner

� In 1981 Mercedes-Benz was the world�s first automobile manufacturer to present the airbag and belt tensioner as restraint systems to the public in a series-production car. These two milestones in passive safety were premiered in a W 126-series S-Class Saloon at the 1981 Geneva Motor Show. At Mercedes-Benz, this began the introduction of the modern airbag as a passive safety feature into the entire passenger car range, with the airbag and belt tensioner already becoming available as optional extras for all Mercedes-Benz cars in 1982. By 1992 a driver airbag was standard equipment in all Mercedes-Benz models, followed by a front passenger airbag as a standard safety feature in 1994, and afterwards Mercedes-Benz realised numerous other applications for its airbag technology. �

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