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Hunter Baca

Mr. Gustafson

Research Paper:
The automobile was a revolutionary invention, creation a better mode of transportation,
and new economy. But with new modes of mobility, comes new risks of injury. Automobiles
place speed and power into an individual’s hands, putting themselves and others in possible
danger. In the twentieth century an exponential increase in automobile deaths created a reason
for concern. By 1910, speeding, reckless driving, collisions, and pedestrian casualties were
becoming more, and more of a problem. By the early 1920’s, The National Safety Council
promoted safe driving in hopes it would decrease the amount of deaths across the U.S.

The vast selection of car safety features can be very confusing, since they’ve added tens
of features over the years. These features include things like the most common know like
airbags, from the least know features like electronic stability control. All these features help
people stably drive, and brings safety to the driver and the people around them for years to come.

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Passive restraints are systems in a car that do not require the driver to do anything to activate
them, such as airbags, or seatbelt locks. Passive restraint were added after many people would hit
the dashboard to go through the window of their vehicle during a crash. In January altogether,
over 10,000 airbag-equipped cars have accumulated over a billion miles on American roads
Across the US. The precise quantitative findings can be challenged, for example, recent findings
show that the life-saving potential of passive restraints in the vicinity of 6,000 to 9,000, showing
that the safety possibilities are massive.

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Work Cited

Vehicle Safety and Accident Prevention, “history of car safety”,

Princeton “History of passive restraints”

National Museum of American History “America on the Move”