Son Praise Air Bags After 2 Crashes
I couldn’t see anything,” Michael Hines said of his June 1990 accident. After mulberry handbags a couple of seconds it deflated and I realized it was the air bag.”
That was the first time.
Another collision came a few months later when William Hines, Carolyn’s husband and Michael’s father, was driving the same car in Williamsburg and another vehicle ran a red light.
Again the air bag inflated, this time saving William Hines fr mulberry handbags om a serious injury. The patrolman said the steering wheel would’ve gone right into my chest,” William Hines said. Senate Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on consumer affairs. Father and son will speak in support of a bill that would make driver and front passenger air bags mandatory on all cars by 1996.
Katherine Hu mulberry handbags tt, a spokeswoman for Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, said about 4 million cars are now equipped with air bags. The group, a coalition of insurance companies and consumer and safety groups, estimates that 1,000 lives have been saved by air bags.
There’s a lot of people who walk away without a scratch who would have been seriously injured without them,” Hutt said.
A patent on air bags was filed in 1953, but car manufacturers showed little interest until mulberry handbags the 1970s. Air bags were optional on General Motors cars in the mid 1970s. But they were expensive and few consumers bought them, Hutt said. GM dropped air bags after 1976.
As of 1990, all automobiles are required to have either an air bag on the driver’s side or automatic seat belts on both sides.
Advocates estimate the cost of placing airbags on both the driver and front passenger sides between $200 and $250 per car.
Both Hines said it was difficult to describe the feeling of being hit by an air bag. The bag inflated in less than a second and was deflated before they knew what hit them.
It’s kind of a weird phenomenon,” William Hines said. It happens so fast you don’t know what’s happening. When it’s all over you sit and look at this thing in your lap.”
William Hines said there was no sensation of being slammed into the bag. It inflates and holds you right in the seat,” he said.
The Hines have no questions about the effectiveness of air bags. Before the first accident, William Hines gave little thought to air bags.
I’ve seen the commercials,” he said. I’ve always said if I bought a car I’d have air bags.”
William Hines praises Suttle Motor Corp., where the car is still undergoing repairs for the second accident, for fixing the air bag after the first crash.