Broad commercial adoption of airbags occurred in the late 1980s with a driver airbag, and front passenger airbags on some cars, making cars much safer, saving thousands of lives each year.
Crash test dummies involved in a side impact collision demonstrate General Motors' new front center air bag, the industry's first inflatable center restraint designed to help protect drivers and front passengers in side impact crashes in 2011.
Today, safety innovation continues. Tesla recently released data about crash tests, showing that it not only earned 5-star ratings from NHTSA in every category, but proved to be safer than any other car on the road
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