Patent Number: 6,169,336

Title: Crew protection apparatus

Abstract: A crew protection apparatus includes a DC power source; a squib connected in series with the DC power source; a plurality of switch circuits inserted between the DC power source and the squib or between the squib and the ground side; an acceleration sensor for detecting an acceleration caused by a collision; a collision determination circuit for, when receiving an acceleration signal from the acceleration sensor, determining the scale of a collision on the basis of the acceleration signal and outputting an ignition control signal in coincident with the timing supplied to the switch circuit and further outputting a current control signal in synchronism with the ignition control signal when it is determined that the collision is a serious collision; and a current limit circuit for limiting the magnitude of an ignition current flowing through the squib in accordance with the ignition control signal and the current control signal from the collision determination circuit.

Inventors: Hayashi; Haruyoshi (Omiya, JP), Saito; Yasuo (Omiya, JP), Kaneko; Kunihiro (Omiya, JP), Kishi; Takayuki (Omiya, JP)

Assignee: Calsonic Kansei Corporation

International Classification: B60R 21/01 (20060101); B60R 021/32 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018