Method and apparatus for deployment of an air bag

  • US 20020056975A1
  • Filed: 09/10/2001
  • Published: 05/16/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/15/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A safety restraint system, comprising:

  • a) a vessel defining a chamber for housing a first initiator housing and a second initiator housing, said vessel having an exhaust port being configured, positioned and dimensioned to be in fluid communication with an inflation opening of an inflatable airbag;

    b) a first initiator being positioned within said first initiator housing and said second initiator being positioned within second initiator housing, said first initiator and said second initiator each having an actuatable igniter, an ignitable material being positioned to be ignited by said actuatable igniter, said igniter, when actuated, ignites said ignitable material to produce combustion products which are released into said vessel and increase the internal pressure of said air bag causing said air bag to inflate; and

    c) a means for generating a first signal for activating said first initiator and a means for generating a second signal for activating said second initiator, said second signal being delayed a predetermined time after said first signal is generated.

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