After the helmet, the airbag jacket is the most important safety innovation.
Jackets are equipped with an airbag to protect motorcycle riders against
injuries upon impact. Airbag jackets have two anchoring cables and a CO2 cartridge.
One of these anchoring cables needs to be connected to the frame of the bike and
remains there. In the event of an accident, when the rider falls off the bike the
cable will separate from the bike activating the CO2 cartridge to instantly inflate
the jacket in approximately 100 to 300 milliseconds. The jacket provides extra protection
to the most vulnerable parts of the body (the spine, neck, ribs, collar-bone).
Airbag jacket - crash-test
The airbag jacket and vest is a Hungarian invention
The airbag jacket for motorcyclists (horseriders) is a long-standing
It was officially registered in 1976, published in 1977. Inventor: Tamás Straub. You can
look at the original documents of the invention
Copies are available from the Hungarian Patent Office (Hungarian Intellectual Property
So far, we know that airbag jacket is come from Far-East. But who is the original
inventor of this idea?
Based on the announcement and
description of the invention
submitted to the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office by Thomas Straub in 1976 it
can be clearly stated that the now widely manufactured and used airbag jackets
work the same way as described by Thomas Straub's patent application. So,
more than two decades later the Japanese solution - that was announced
as an "invention" - was actually a plagiarism.
The Japanese Patent Office committed a serious mistake
by not researching (prior art search) thoroughly before awarding the patent to a
Zara Phillips protected by airbag jacket
Princess Anne's daughter, 29, was competing in Enschede, Holland, when her horse
lost his footing at a jump. The Queen's granddaughter was
thrown into the water when High Kingdom slipped. But Miss Phillips was protected when
the airbag jacket she was wearing inflated immediately after
being activated by a rip cord on her saddle.
Miss Phillips, the twelfth in line to the throne, was eliminated from the competition
because of the fall. The Military Boekelo is the biggest
outdoor sporting event in The Netherlands and one of the most important equestrian
events in the world...
"...The airbag in my leathers worked very well..."
日本の白バイ隊をはじめ、フランス、イタリア、アメリカ、ブラジル、台湾の警察 がエアバッグジャケットを 採用している。
Motorcycle airbag jackets are already in use
by police departments in Brazil, Italy, France, Spain, Japan and Taiwan
Thousands of motorcyclist's lives could be saved every year if airbag jackets would
be used all over the world.
Airbag vest saves horsrider´s life
History of the airbag jacket and vest
A Hungarian Invention, or the Obstacles of Patent Procedures (Interview with the
inventor of the airbag jacket)
Available in English, German and
P+TV 熟練工の腕 第5弾 エアバッグジャケットの発明家とのインタビュー
(TV interview with the inventor of the airbag jacket)
(Currently available in Hungarian only)
Open Letter to the patent holder of airbag jacket：