On The Tube: Classic Car Safety

A look at some early safety device tests and commercials on YouTube.

The Corvair in Action!

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The Corvair in Action (1960)

A look at some early safety device tests and commercials on YouTube. The Corvair in Action! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmPpry8JiK0 Brake-pumping stops, wicked rear-enders, and rollovers. In 1964, Ralph Nader attacked GM and the Corvair in his book, Unsafe At Any Speed. Chevrolet responded with

Brake-pumping stops, wicked rear-enders, and rollovers. In 1964, Ralph Nader attacked GM and the Corvair in his book, Unsafe At Any Speed. Chevrolet responded with this promotional film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmPpry8JiK0

First in the Bag?

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Mercedes-Benz TV: Happy birthday, airbag!

A look at some early safety device tests and commercials on YouTube. The Corvair in Action! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmPpry8JiK0 Brake-pumping stops, wicked rear-enders, and rollovers. In 1964, Ralph Nader attacked GM and the Corvair in his book, Unsafe At Any Speed. Chevrolet responded with

The 1973 Oldsmobile Toronado was the first car with a passenger air bag intended for sale to the public. General Motors later offered an option of driver side airbags in full-sized, production Oldsmobiles and Buicks in 1975 and 1976, respectively. Cadillacs were available with driver and passenger airbag options during those same years. Even so, many car makers—including Mercedes—claim they were the real leaders in this technology. It wasn’t until 1981 that the company introduced the airbag as an option in their S-Class production models. This video gives some perspective on just how far airbags have come.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lw5rf26eSDU

Safety Firsts: Mercedes Benz

On The Tube: Classic Car Safety

A look at some early safety device tests and commercials on YouTube. The Corvair in Action! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmPpry8JiK0 Brake-pumping stops, wicked rear-enders, and rollovers. In 1964, Ralph Nader attacked GM and the Corvair in his book, Unsafe At Any Speed. Chevrolet responded with

In 1949, Mercedes patented safety door locks. In 1951, the company came up with the concept of front and rear crumple zones. This commercial gives a rundown of Mercedes Benz safety innovations over the last 50 years.

Volvo Does Safety Belts

In 1956, General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler were the first to offer seat belts as optional safety equipment in their cars. But the three-point safety belt we know today came by way of Volvo. On Thursday August 13, 1959, the world’s first car with standard-fit three-point safety belts—a Volvo PV544—was delivered to a Volvo dealer in the Swedish town of Kristianstad. Over the next 50 years, the V-shaped three-point safety belt saved well over one million lives.

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World’s Most Famous Car Safety Innovation Turned 50 In August 2009

A look at some early safety device tests and commercials on YouTube. The Corvair in Action! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmPpry8JiK0 Brake-pumping stops, wicked rear-enders, and rollovers. In 1964, Ralph Nader attacked GM and the Corvair in his book, Unsafe At Any Speed. Chevrolet responded with

Bel Air vs. Malibu

What better way to celebrate 50 years since U.S. insurers organized the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety than to crash some cars?  In this video, a modern car and a rock-solid classic go head-to-head to show just how far auto safety has come. The result is an explosion of glass, metal, and plastic that leaves at least one dummy driver “crumpled.” Can you guess which car comes out on top?

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Crash Test 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air VS. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu (Frontal Offset) IIHS 50th Anniversary

A look at some early safety device tests and commercials on YouTube. The Corvair in Action! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmPpry8JiK0 Brake-pumping stops, wicked rear-enders, and rollovers. In 1964, Ralph Nader attacked GM and the Corvair in his book, Unsafe At Any Speed. Chevrolet responded with

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