What is an airbag jacket and how does it work?
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 Office) anytime.
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 Japanese person.
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.
Miss Phillips, a keen equestrian, won the world eventing champion title in 2006 and Sports Personality of the Year for her efforts. In 2009 she
was awarded an MBE for services to equestrianism and hopes to compete in the London Olympics in 2012.
Earlier this year she told The Daily Telegraph that she would rather be known as an "athlete" than a "princess or a model",
as she launched her first ever clothes collection. Miss Phillips,
who won gold medals at the 2005 and 2007 European Eventing Championships, is yet to secure her place on the London 2012 Olympic team however.
Her previous horse Toytown is unfit to ride and will be too old to compete in 2012. Miss Phillips was forced to pull out of the British Olympics
team in 2008 after the horse became injured. She missed the 2004 Olympics in Athens for similar reasons with the same horse.
"...The airbag in my leathers worked very well..."
Interview with Valentino Rossi after hospital release
Why You Should Consider an Airbag Jacket?
A motorcycle rider, or even an individual that loves to frequently ride horses, is often faced with a dilemma.
While on the one hand they adore riding their vehicle or steed, on the other it is a very dangerous pastime or
primary means of transportation. In the past even a minor crash or hard landing could cause a major physical
health issue. Severe injury and death were quite common from such an occurrence. However, with the advent of
the creation of motorcycle airbag jacket technology safety for riders of motorcycles and horses has increased dramatically...
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.
Dozens of motorcyclists' lives could be saved every year (only in UK) if air bag jackets were made compulsory, accident and emergency doctors
have said. The jackets are the equivalent of car air bags and inflate if the rider is thrown off during a crash.
In one version, the jacket is attached to the bike by a lead which detaches when the rider has come off suddenly.
The Department of Transport said it had no plans for a new law but said it welcomed anything to improve safety...
Airbag jacket saves motorcyclist's life
While motorists who have been in car crashes often attribute the help of air bags to saving their lives, a Maryland motorcycle rider injured in a
collision is doing the same -- for a jacket.
Joseph McPhatter, of Randallstown, was injured in a crash on Interstate 83 after being cut off by another motorist in September. According to police,
McPhatter was ejected 100 feet, hitting the ground at an impact rate of 140 mph.
Police said that McPhatter might have been severely injured had it not been for...
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Airbag vest saves horsrider´s life
Oliver Townend only escaped death thanks to the revolutionary jacket he was wearing...