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The History of Air Bags

Air bags are one of the most important safety innovations to come out of the 20th century. But did you know that the first airbag wasn’t invented until 1953? After a car accident with his family, a retired industrial engineering technician named John W. Hetrick was inspired to design a “safety cushion” for automobiles. But it wasn’t until a New Jersey mechanical engineer named Allen K. Breed invented a reliable crash sensor in the late 1960s that the modern concept of the airbag was born.

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