Airbags in 1966 and Subsequently
Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:
NY Times article notes its first article on airbags. See http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/15/science/jan-2-1966-when-airbags-were-more-science-fiction-than-fact.html?hpw&rref=science&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region®ion=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well
I had the privilege of working with Dr. Carl Clark at NHTSA in the 1980s.
By 1973, GM had produced and sold airbag vehicles to the U.S. government. See https://www.careforcrashvictims.com/blog-daylaightsavings.php
Auto safety expert Byron Bloch still owns one of the original GM airbag vehicles.
That development of production airbag vehicles by GM between 1966 and 1973 using 1960s technology shows how much progress can be made when the governmental and corporate will is applied to advance safety.
Imagine how much progress could be made today using 21st century technologies to achieve Vision Zero deaths and serious injuries in or by a new vehicle in a decade. Where is the political will?