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AirBelt Systems LLC Announces 'Smart' Air Bag Inflator

09/19/96

New Variable-Output `Smart' Air bag Inflator Offering Extra
Passenger Safety Protection Developed By AirBelt Systems LLC


SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 17 -- AirBelt Systems LLC has
developed the first low-cost, environmentally-safe air bag system that
answers the industry's call for a friendlier air bag inflation
technology -- without relaxing current air bag performance
requirements mandated by the FMVSS 208 federal standard, a move which
could jeopardize passenger protection during more severe crashes.

AirBelt Systems' IntelliFlow(TM) Care Bag(TM) system takes a quantum
leap forward in air bag inflator technology, allowing for infinitely
variable inflation of an air bag -- with a lower, safer release of gas
in the beginning of deployment and then achieving desired bag
fill. "This results in a more controllable air bag deployment, which
can reduce the risk of injuries and air bag-related deaths among
children and adults," according to Company President, Chuck Fenton.

The IntelliFlow(TM) Care Bag(TM) inflator employs a proprietary,
high-performance gas-flow regulator device that can be adapted to fit
many existing air bag systems. It controls air bag inflation rate and
fill- pressure by tailoring not only the critical early onset of bag
deployment, but also by modulating the complete flow of gas throughout
the entire deployment event to accommodate for different size, weight,
and out-of-position passengers.

The IntelliFlow(TM) Care Bag(TM) system is a break-through technology
that provides a low-cost solution to a problem facing the air bag
industry today -- making a "smart" air bag inflator that can use
"smart sensor" information to customize an air bag's inflation rate in
real-time according to passenger- specific criteria.

In a move to reduce the risk of injury to children from the aggressive
deployment of air bags, the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) on August 1, 1996 proposed changes to the
federal air bag requirement to encourage the introduction of new
"smart" air bag technology that will enable the air bag to deploy
safely when an unbelted or out-of-position passenger is present.

Although 'smart sensor' technology exists to determine the size,
weight and proximity of a passenger, current air bag inflators used by
the auto industry are unable to make use of such sensors to vary their
inflation outputs in real-time for cost-effectively controlling air
bag inflation rates.

"The IntelliFlow(TM) Care Bag(TM) system is completely temperature
compensating and can deliver a real-time response to a crash event
within 1-2 milliseconds, based upon "smart sensor" input. In effect,
this means that the air bag will fill accordingly with just the right
amount of gas, at just the right timing, to protect small children and
large adults alike," says Larry Shultz, Chairman of AirBelt Systems.

Within the last three years, air bag manufacturers have introduced
hybrid inflators that combine solid pyrotechnic and compressed gases
to deploy an air bag. While these systems are regarded as an
improvement over previous inflator technologies, the IntelliFlow(TM)
Care Bag(TM) system represents the next generation of air bag
technology, providing greater protection to vehicle passengers.

Unlike compressed-gas inflator systems tested in the 70's, which had
an aggressive air bag deployment, the IntelliFlow(TM) Care Bag(TM)
system offers a quantum improvement over this technology, using
pressure vessels (perfected by the aerospace industry) capable of
storing gases for extended periods at safe operating pressures well
above current requirements.

The optimized IntelliFlow(TM) Care Bag(TM) system fills an pressure
vessel with cold, inert Helium gas.  Upon deployment, the Helium gas
is released into the air bag through the Intelliflow(TM) regulating
system which controls flow- rate by filling the air bag in a smooth
and controlled manner in air bags as large as 170 litres -- achieving
optimal "S-curve" inflation performance for maximum safety.