Although perhaps not as influential as the seatbelt, the airbag’s contribution to vehicle safety is significant – and it’s being recognized this week because it’s the 30th birthday of the airbag.

Here are some airbag ‘fun facts:’

– The first car to have an airbag was a Mercedes.
– The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) say airbags have saved more than 28,000 lives in the US alone
– The control systems for airbags have the processing power of the ‘supercomputers’ used in space exploration 25 years ago

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