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NEW Patent CD for Airbag device

NEW Patent CD for Airbag device

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Following is a sample of the information contained on this CD: TECHNICAL FIELD The present invention relates to airbag devices for protecting occupants in vehicles, and particularly, to an airbag device which detects the state of an occupant in order to control the operation of a gas generator. BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Referring to FIG. 6 of Japanese Unexamined Patent Application Publication No. 2000-16233, an airbag device is disclosed. Specifically, such an airbag device detects the distance between the body of an occupant in a seat and an instrument panel with, for example, an infrared sensor. If the detected distance is less than a predetermined value, a gas generator in the airbag device is prevented from operating even during a collision, or the deployment force of the airbag is reduced. SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION Accordingly, the object of the present invention is to provide an airbag device which is capable of preventing an airbag from inflating or reducing the deployment force of the airbag when the airbag device or an instrument panel adjacent to the airbag device is leaned against by an occupant. An airbag device according to the present invention includes an airbag; a gas generator for inflating the airbag; and control means for determining a state of a vehicle occupant in front of the airbag device to control the inflation of the airbag. The control means includes a detector for detecting a load applied to the airbag device or a vehicle-body component adjacent to the airbag device from the vehicle occupant so as to determine the state of the vehicle occupant. Furthermore, according to the airbag device of the present invention, the detector may comprise a strain gauge. Furthermore, according to the airbag device of the present invention, the detector preferably detects the displacement of the airbag device or the adjacent vehicle-body component caused when the vehicle occupant applies a load to the airbag device or the

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