06561545 is referenced by 42 patents and cites 4 patents.

An air bag assembly for cushioning restraint of an occupant in a vehicle during an impact event. The air bag assembly includes an inflator activatable to discharge inflation gas upon the occurrence of predetermined vehicle conditions and an air bag cushion in fluid communication with the inflator such that upon discharge of inflation gas from the inflator the air bag cushion is inflated to a deployed state from a location of deployment in substantially opposing relation to the occupant. One or more profile restraining tether elements extend from locations on the air bag cushion to a releasable anchor structure so as to shorten the operative length of the profile restraining tether elements. An actuation mechanism activatable in response to a signal from a sensor measuring occupant conditions is used to release the tether elements from the releasable anchor thereby extending the operative profile of the air bag cushion upon the occurrence of predetermined occupant conditions.

Title
Variable profile air bag restraint
Application Number
10/95141
Publication Number
6561545 (B2)
Application Date
March 11, 2002
Publication Date
May 13, 2003
Inventor
Scott David Thomas
Novi
MI, US
Michael John Wolanin
Hartland
MI, US
Gary R Greib
Lake Orion
MI, US
Agent
Kathryn A Marra
US
Assignee
General Motors Corporation
MI, US
Delphi Technologies
MI, US
IPC
B60R 21/32
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