After the helmet, the airbag jacket is the most important safety innovation.
Jackets are equipped with an airbag to protect motorcycle riders against
injuries upon impact. Airbag jackets have two anchoring cables and a CO2 cartridge.
One of these anchoring cables needs to be connected to the frame of the bike and
remains there. In the event of an accident, when the rider falls off the bike the
cable will separate from the bike activating the CO2 cartridge to instantly inflate
the jacket in approximately 100 to 300 milliseconds. The jacket provides extra protection
to the most vulnerable parts of the body (the spine, neck, ribs, collar-bone).
Airbag jacket - crash-test
Airbag jacket is a Hungarian invention.
The airbag jacket for motorcyclists (horseriders) is a long-standing
It was officially registered in 1976, published in 1977. Inventor: Tamás Straub. You can look at the original documents of the invention
Copies are available from the Hungarian Patent Office (Hungarian Intellectual Property Office) anytime.
So far, we know that airbag jacket is come from Far-East. But who is the original
inventor of this idea?
报并获得专利的，以为是所谓的K. T. 先生的解决方案实际上是个剽窃，是个发明的盗
事前技术调研（prior art search）而接受这位日本先生的申报为发明。
Based on the announcement and
description of the invention
submitted to the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office by Thomas Straub in 1976 it
can be clearly stated that the now widely manufactured and used airbag jackets
work the same way as described by Thomas Straub's patent application. So,
more than two decades later the Japanese solution - that was announced
as an "invention" - was actually a plagiarism.
The Japanese Patent Office committed a serious mistake
by not researching (prior art search) thoroughly before awarding the patent to a Japanese person.
Zara Phillips protected by airbag jacket
Princess Anne's daughter, 29, was competing in Enschede, Holland, when her horse lost
his footing at a jump. The Queen's granddaughter was thrown into the water when High
Kingdom slipped. But Miss Phillips was protected when the airbag jacket she was wearing
inflated immediately after being activated by a rip cord on her saddle.
Miss Phillips, the twelfth in line to the throne, was eliminated from the competition
because of the fall...
"...The airbag in my leathers worked very well..."
Why You Should Consider an Airbag Jacket?
A motorcycle rider, or even an individual that loves to frequently ride horses, is often faced with a dilemma.
While on the one hand they adore riding their vehicle or steed, on the other it is a very dangerous pastime or
primary means of transportation. In the past even a minor crash or hard landing could cause a major physical
health issue. Severe injury and death were quite common from such an occurrence. However, with the advent of
the creation of motorcycle airbag jacket technology safety for riders of motorcycles and horses has increased dramatically...
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Motorcycle airbag jackets are already in use
by police departments in Brazil, Italy, France, Spain, Japan and Taiwan, etc.
Thousands of motorcyclist's lives could be saved every year if airbag jackets would
be used all over the world.
安全气囊夹克保全了 马术运动员 的生命。
Airbag vest saves horsrider´s life
History of the airbag jacket and vest
A Hungarian Invention, or the Obstacles of Patent Procedures
(Interview with the inventor of the airbag jacket)
Available in English, German and Hungarian.）
面试与安全气囊夹克的发明者 Interview with the inventor of the airbag jacket
P+TV MESTERKEZEK 第5期
(Currently available in Hungarian only)
Open Letter to the patent holder of airbag jacket:
Thomas Straub sent a letter on February, 2011 to the assumed patent holder,
the largest manufacturer of airbag jackets in Japan, but so far he has not
received any response. Therefore, he decided to publish on his website
the claim for an open letter.)
安全气囊外套的发明者 - Tamás Straub (2016) - inventor of the airbag jacket