Patent Number: 6,254,130

Title: Method and apparatus for controlling air bag deployment

Abstract: The present invention relates to an air bag control system comprising a restraining apparatus adapted to be connected to an occupant side of an air bag, an extension/retraction device used to adjust the degree to which the restraining apparatus can be extended, and a control device for controlling extension and retraction of the extension/retraction device. In operation, the restraining apparatus can be retracted by the extension/retraction device in response to a signal sent by the control device to limit the physical extent to which the air bag can deploy to prevent injury of a vehicle occupant adjacent the air bag.

Inventors: Jayaraman; Sundaresan (Atlanta, GA), Rajamanickam; Rangaswamy (Atlanta, GA), Gopalsamy; Chandramohan (Atlanta, GA), Park; Sungmee (Tucker, GA)

Assignee: Georgia Tech Research Corporation

International Classification: B60R 21/16 (20060101); B60R 21/01 (20060101); B60R 021/16 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018