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A retired industrial engineer named John Hendrick patented the first airbag for an automobile in 1953-through the ’70’s GM did offer them as options on some models-but they were not very good-the system still needed some work. It took until 1981 before Mercedes-Benz offered a version that worked fairly well and in 1998 the dual front seat air bags became mandatory in the U.S.A.


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