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Happy 30th anniversary, airbag!


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Happy 30th anniversary, airbag!

No, the above headline isn't a greeting for your spouse on his or her special day – Daimler is celebrating the airbag's 30th anniversary. Three decades ago, the very first production car with the life-saving safety tech rolled off the line, kicking off an industry-wide push for ever safer vehicles in the process. That car was an S-Class sedan, and Mercedes-Benz says that the company had poured a total of 13 years of research and development into the project before it ever hit the street. Today, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says that airbags have helped to save around 28,000 lives since the technology was first introduced – and that's just in the good old U.S. of A.

The government safety authority also says that in a typical accident, a driver wearing his or her seatbelt in a vehicle with an airbag is 61 percent less likely to be injured than those who skip the belt in vehicles with no airbag. There's no arguing that we've come a long way in a relatively short period of time.

These days, you'd be hard pressed to find a vehicle without at least some form of supplemental restraint, and Mercedes-Benz says that all of its products have featured a standard driver airbag since 1992. Hit the jump for the full press blast – but not before checking the high-res gallery below for some retro S-Class fabulousness.


WOW :lol2: 30 years!

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Holy crap it is almost as old as I am. Gotta find pictures of me without a car seat or belts in the late 70's

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Heck, I remember watching my dad install seat beats into our used '61 Buick Electra when I was just a lad! Seat belts were not required in those days but my dad beleived in them.

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