Did you know?

  • The first car available with airbags, Chevrolet Impala, was launched on the US market in 1973.
  • The safety belt alone improves the chances of survival in case of a frontal collision at a speed of up to 80 km/h by 50 percent, and by 70 percent if there is also an airbag.
  • In Europe, a driver's side airbag could be purchased for the first time in 1981, with the Mercedes S-Class, only together with seat belt pre-tensioners and for an additional fee.
  • The sodium azide used in airbag cartridges is an acutely toxic substance, but when the airbag is deployed, the dangerous compound decomposes into harmless components.
  • Sodium azide can save lives by inflating the airbag, but if ingested, even in minute amounts, it is a deadly poison.
  • Sodium azide is a compound that is hazardous not only to human life but also to the entire biosphere.
  • Between 2007 and 2016, nearly 67 million wrecked vehicles were registered in the European Union, with 17,000 tonnes of sodium azide released.

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