AmSafe Seatbelt Airbag Protecting Passengers On Over 60 Airlines Worldwide


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AmSafe Seatbelt Airbag Protecting Passengers On Over 60 Airlines Worldwide

By Daniel Baxter

November 8, 2010 - AmSafe Industries one of the leading providers of engineered restraint systems, announced that the AmSafe Seatbelt Airbag is now available on approximately 35,000 seats on aircraft operated by over 60 airlines worldwide.

"Since the FAA's 16G rule went into effect late last year and raised the bar for airlines in the area of occupant protection, demand for the AmSafe seatbelt airbag has increased markedly.

Having invested tens of millions of dollars and a decade of innovation in bringing this product to market, it is heartening to see its growing adoption by the world's air carriers," said Terence Lyons, chief executive officer of AmSafe.

"We continue to work actively with airlines, seat manufacturers and regulatory agencies to develop new enhancements to this life-saving technology and look forward to a day when each and every passenger on commercial airliners is afforded the protection our product offers."


In service since 2001, the AmSafe Seatbelt Airbag has enabled airlines to comply with an FAA safety regulation that went into effect in October 2009 requiring commercial aircraft seats to withstand a crash impact of up to 16 times the force of gravity.  

As compliance with this regulation has proven difficult in certain seating environments, airlines have increasingly turned to the AmSafe Seatbelt Airbag as a reliable means of meeting the new standard. In so doing, they have been able to deliver enhanced passenger safety and at the same time avoid taking the alternative approach to compliance: removal of rows of seats and sustaining an associated loss of millions of dollars per aircraft in revenue. 

The AmSafe Seatbelt Airbag has also enabled the introduction of new lie-flat, pod-style and similar premium seating environments which have become prevalent in first- and business-class cabins on long haul international aircraft. In many instances, the AmSafe Seatbelt Airbag not only makes the use of these innovative new seats possible, but also helps carriers maximize the number of premium seats on an aircraft while still meeting FAA safety standards.


According to the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB), more than 80 percent of commercial airline accidents are survivable. Most accidents occur on the ground or at take-off or landing when aircraft are close to the ground and flying at relatively low speeds. In a survivable crash, fatalities frequently occur from smoke inhalation and fire when passengers cannot escape the aircraft quickly. The AmSafe Seatbelt Airbag is designed to keep passengers conscious during the critical 90 seconds immediately following a survivable incident.

The AmSafe Seatbelt Airbag is a self-contained, modular restraint designed to protect occupants from serious head-impact injury and enhance one's ability to exit an aircraft following a survivable accident. Integrated into the lap belt portion of the seatbelt, the AmSafe Seatbelt Airbag inflates in less than 90 milliseconds and unlike automotive airbags, safely deploys up and away from the occupant, making it a safe restraint for passengers of all ages, including children.

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