One of the most heated debates in the auto upholstery industry is whether or not shops should repair seats equipped with side impact airbags (SIAB). … [Read more...] about Read This Before Sewing Airbag Seams
Auto trimmers need to be extremely careful working on vehicles equipped with Takata airbags. Honda Motor Company confirmed this week that a man was killed while repairing the interior of a 2001 Honda Accord, which was equipped with defective airbags. … [Read more...] about Warning: Takata Airbags Could Kill You
If you think smart fabrics are just a fad, think again. Automakers and technology firms are continuing to develop textiles with electronic components woven into their fibers that will make car interiors more convenient and safe. The latest is BeBop Sensors, which is manufacturing a seat lining that measures a vehicle occupant's height, weight and movement in real-time in order … [Read more...] about Smart Fabric Makes Airbags More Effective
Seat airbags have complicated the work of many auto upholstery professionals, who are concerned that if they repair seat covers and the airbags underneath don’t deploy correctly they could be held liable. Until recently, the issue was largely limited to front-seat backrests. However, in recent years, automakers have also begun installing airbags in rear-seat base cushions. … [Read more...] about Should We Not Resew Backseats Either?
For good reason, many auto upholstery shops have become wary of repairing car seats, door panels and other interior components that have airbags built inside: If the seams don’t open properly, the airbags may not deploy in time, leaving passengers vulnerable to injury and shops liable for damages. However, equipment is available to ensure stitches open. Among the best is the … [Read more...] about Sewing Airbag Seams with Durkopp Adler