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_________________________________________ Midsouth Rescue Technologies

Introduction to Supplemental Restraint Systems

Live Training Classes
Supplemental Restraint Systems
Introduction to Safety Restraint Systems
How Airbags Work
Driver's Frontal Airbags
Passenger's Frontal Airbags
Head Protection Airbags
Side Impact Airbags
Occupant Positioning Airbags
Roll-Over Protection
EMS Concerns
Vehicle Fires and New Technology
Introduction to Vehicle Fires
Airbags and Airbag Inflators Involved in Fire
Compressed Gas Struts
Bumper Struts
Plastic Fuel Tanks
Magnesium Fires
Attacking Vehicle Fires
Hybrid Vehicles
Emergency Response Guides
General Rescue Procedures
Self Study Courses
Public Education
Up-Coming Events
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How Airbags Work - Driver's Frontal airbagsPassenger Frontal Airbags Side Impact AirbagsCurtain AirbagsKnee BoostersOccupant Positioning Airbags - ROPS - SRS Markings - Pyrotechnic Inflators - Compressed Gas Inflators - Seat Position Sensors - Occupant Position Sensors - Weight Sensors - Seat Belt Tension Sensors - Seat Belt Tensioners
In this series you will find a complete in-depth study of:
  • How these system work  
  • What makes them work
  • The dangers they present us
  • How they affect our rescue efforts and
  • The unique EMS concerns involved in their deployment 

Note: We also have a study of the adverse use of airbag systems for law enforcement. For safety concerns these are not made public. They can be obtained by contacting us direct. 

Courtesy of Toyota

Our objectives is to provide first responders with the most comprehensive, up to date, information on today's supplemental restraint systems, their components, the dangers they present us and how they affect our rescue efforts.


Today's vehicles are the safest they have ever been. 
However; as automotive technologies increase, so do the problems,
dangers and challenges for rescuers.
Today, in the US, we face an average of six airbags per vehicle as standard equipment, two of which are dual stage, along with options for as many as twelve per vehicle. Depending on the types used, these twelve can be located in sixteen different positions. In other countries they have as high as twenty two airbags per vehicle and some of these will be introduced in the US in the near future. These operate in conjunction with seat position sensors, occupant position sensors, weight sensors, seat belt tensioners, seat belt tension sensors, and on and on, all of which present their own unique challenge for the rescuer.
In our studies, we hope to raise an awareness of the many new technologies found in today's vehicles, the dangers they present to us, and the desperate need for a change in our training. 



Though rare in our field
Accidental Airbag Deployment
is a reality
Don't Let This Be You!

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Electrical shut down

and the 
5 - 10 - 20 Rule 
They are not an option!


Case Histories

By Joe Benton

August 24, 2007
It was a pleasant evening and a nice conversation. A young woman and her boyfriend were sitting in a nearly-brand new 2006 Honda

The driver started the Honda, shifted the transmission into reverse, the passenger door closed and the Honda airbags exploded into the faces of the two young people sitting in the front seats.

That is the stuff that the Lemon of the Week award was designed to honor.

Rosemary, the mother of the young woman driving the Honda Civic, told us that daughter's boyfriend “was talking to his brother, his brother closed the passenger side door and the airbags went off.”

“Honda first said the airbags went off because the door was shut too hard,” Rosemary told “Then they said it was an immaculate deployment and they don't know why they went off.


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