Common Air Bag Injuries Due to Automobile Accidents

Common Air Bag Injuries Due to Automobile Accidents

by Stephanie Meadows
After a car accident occurred during a Sunday afternoon trip to the Pennsylvania countryside with his daughter, John W. Hetrick was inspired to design what would become one of the most important advances in automobile safety. Hetrick, a retired industrial engineering technician, received the patent in 1953 for what he called a “safety cushion assembly for automotive vehicles.” Today, his U.S. Patent was the first prototype for what we call today's modern airbags, formally known as a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) or supplementary inflatable restraint (SIR). The word “supplementary” here means that the airbag is designed to help the seatbelts protect you, just before the impact of a crash. Hetrick designed the system to reduce injuries during emergency braking and frontal collisions.