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Of the roughly 25,000 souls that perish inside a car on American roadways each year, roughly a quarter of those are passengers. Honda has developed a new type of airbag targeted at saving those lives in particular.

There are many things you’d expect to see in a modern automotive research facility. Robots, sheet metal, crash test dummies, and hundreds of engineers hunched over hundreds of computer monitors are certainly on the list.

You wouldn’t expect, however, a pair of sewing machines – the kind that wouldn’t look out of place in your crafty grandmother’s spare bedroom.

But, at Honda Research and Development in Raymond, Ohio, engineer Eric Heitkamp occasionally threads a bobbin and stitches up new designs for airbags. After all, it’s just cloth. This cloth, however, offers an opportunity to keep passengers safer, and today Honda revealed a new technology that helps protect even those passengers who aren’t sitting in the ideal upright position continue reading...

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