Brian P wrote:The previous Impala-vs-Impala collision had a 50-model-year separation - it compared what is essentially a new car (but now 7 years old) to something that pre-dated almost ALL considerations for collision protection aside from "being big and heavy".
Here's a modern economy car (a plain ordinary Nissan Versa) against what is essentially a 20-year-old economy car (a Nissan Sentra of a few generations ago but without airbags - still built in Mexico for their local market but it's being discontinued due to changes in Mexican safety regulations).
Brian P wrote:"Being big" is not sufficient. I bring you the 2001 Ford F150 extended cab offset-frontal collision ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Wb66PzljP8
For comparison, a 2005 VW Jetta ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYmSmZpPxQw
Note that the Jetta's windshield didn't even break. I betcha you could have yanked the driver's door open - it might not close nicely afterward, but who cares.
I'll take the Jetta, thank you very much.
exhaustgases wrote:All airbags do is protect from initial deceleration, and keeping heads or faces from hitting something.
exhaustgases wrote: They do not stop a crushing injury, they have blinded people, they have disfigured people, they have killed people. They are not fool proof, and I would agree that they could be nice if the stupid inflator was properly designed. They need to be made much stronger, and have an over pressure safety that is not directed at the driver or passengers. There is a lot of good info on the net about how dangerous they are even when the inflator doesn't shrapnel into your face.
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