Method and apparatus for discriminating vehicle crash conditions

  • US 5,546,307 A
  • Filed: 01/08/1992
  • Issued: 08/13/1996
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/30/1989
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An apparatus for controlling actuation of an occupant restraint system in a vehicle, said apparatus comprising:

  • means for determining an instantaneous power value of said vehicle when involved in a crash condition;

    means for determining a vehicle delta velocity value of said vehicle when involved in said crash condition; and

    means for actuating the occupant restraint system when both said determined vehicle delta velocity value and said determined instantaneous power value indicate a predetermined type of vehicle crash condition is occurring.

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