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John W. Hetrick
American engineer and inventor

John W. Hetrick

John W. Hetrick
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Intro American engineer and inventor
Was Engineer Inventor
From United States of America
Field Business Engineering
Gender male
Birth 23 July 1918
Death 8 April 1999 (aged 80 years)
Star sign Leo
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John W. Hetrick (July 23, 1918 - April 8, 1999), from Newport, Pennsylvania, was an American engineer who is credited for inventing the airbag. Hetrick originally called the device a "Safety cushion assembly for automotive vehicles." He built the original prototype on his kitchen table in 1952, and applied for a patent on Aug 5, 1952.

He has served as an industrial engineer in the United States Navy and took notable design influences from compressed air torpedoes.

Hetrick received a US Patent #2,649,311 on August 18, 1953 for an "airbag". He did not receive much income for his invention, since automakers did not offer airbags widely until after his patent had expired in 1971.

Hetrick was awarded the Golden Gear Award for his invention.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 02 Feb 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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