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John W. Hetrick

John W. Hetrick

American engineer and inventor
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Occupations Engineer Inventor
Countries United States of America
Gender male
Birth July 23, 1918
Death April 8, 1999
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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 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 airbag and can be reviewed at https://www.google.com/patents/US2649311

Hetrick was awarded the Golden Gear Award for his invention.

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http://ae-plus.com/milestones/john-hetrick-inventor-of-the-airbag
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2006/airbags/airbags_invented.html
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=86549333
http://www.secondchancegarage.com/public/history-of-airbags.cfm
https://prezi.com/5azbczl6ztkb/john-w-hetrick/
https://www.google.com/patents/US2649311
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