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Old 17th December 2011, 01:26   #31
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WRC cars are built for a purpose. The body, chassis, etc are heavily strengthened in order to tolerate a great deal of force. The car is made a whole lot more rigid. WRC cars are equipped with roll-cages that ensure that body-parts and pillars don't cave-in, in the event of a crash such as a roll-over.

We cannot compare the structural rigidity and integrity of a WRC car to that of a car that's built for daily commuting. The shell may be similar, but that's where the similarities end.

What you write is true, but largely irrelevant to the question arun asked.

If the car is not rigid enough, no amount of airbaging is going to help - airbags themselves attach to the shell.

WRC cars have a harness system, much more restrictive than the average road cars' seat belts. The drivers are practically glued to their seats. That is not the case with road cars - too much play exists. Airbags help by preventing the body from hitting any hard surface too fast - the forces at impact are reduced and so is the injury.

At least that's the theory.

Of course, if seatbelts are worn properly you wouldn't even hit the airbags - in that sense they are useless. However many people who do wear seatbelts don't wear them properly, and in any case airbags don't hurt (unless somebody is not wearing seatbelts at all) and at a cost difference of about 20k are pretty cheap.
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What you write is true, but largely irrelevant to the question arun asked.

If the car is not rigid enough, no amount of airbaging is going to help - airbags themselves attach to the shell.

WRC cars have a harness system, much more restrictive than the average road cars' seat belts. The drivers are practically glued to their seats. That is not the case with road cars - too much play exists. Airbags help by preventing the body from hitting any hard surface too fast - the forces at impact are reduced and so is the injury.

At least that's the theory.
You've put forth points that I'd forgotten to supplement my post with.

You're right.

What actually helps in the event of a crash in a WRC car is the 3-Point harnesses that keep the driver and the navigator glued to their respective seats. It prevents them from being thrown around inside the car like ragged dolls in the event of a crash, thus protecting them from harm. The roll-cage further protects them by ensuring that the car's shell doesn't cave-in.

What an Airbag does, is cushion the impact for passengers.

Having said that, I'd put up the post earlier, to convey that WRC cars and passenger cars are completely different, and can't be compared in the first place.

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Of course, if seatbelts are worn properly you wouldn't even hit the airbags - in that sense they are useless. However many people who do wear seatbelts don't wear them properly, and in any case airbags don't hurt (unless somebody is not wearing seatbelts at all) and at a cost difference of about 20k are pretty cheap.
Is there a proper or an improper way of wearing seat-belts? You either wear it, or you don't.

EDIT: If you mean simply pulling the belt across the body without fastening it, then yeah. It certainly isn't the correct way.

Also, airbags don't deploy if the seat-belt isn't fastened securely. So the question of someone getting hurt by an airbag when they aren't wearing the seat-belt doesn't arise, IMO.

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Having said that, I'd put up the post earlier, to convey that WRC cars and passenger cars are completely different, and can't be compared in the first place.

Absolutely, not only the cars, but the drivers can't be compared either.
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