Air Bag Timeline

  • Patent application first sent

    Patent applications were submitted by German Walter Linderer and American John Hedrik.
  • John Hedrik received U.S. Patent #2,649,311

    For what he called a "safety cushion assembly for automotive vehicles." Device still impractical.
  • Oldmobile Tornado first car with a passenger air bag intended for the public

  • Driver side airbags made mandatory

  • Side airbags first introduced by Volvo

  • Both driver and passanger airbags mandatory