This book provides a systematic description of the essential techniques and procedures used in the design of crash sensors in automotive air bag systems. The material presented will give readers an overall picture of how and why crash sensors in air bag systems work, and why, in certain situations, they do not work properly. The first book on this timely topic, 'Fundamentals of Crash Sensing in Automotive Air Bag Systems' provides a sound introduction for engineers designing air bag systems, accident reconstructionists, litigation professionals, managers, government employees, and anyone involved with automotive safety. The work presented in this book focuses on fundamentals and purposely omits the more complex aspects of air bag sensor design. Contents include: History and Background Crash Analysis Crash Sensing Criteria Crash Sensing Concepts Mechanical Crash Sensors Electronic Crash Sensors Crash Sensor Placement Strategies Side Impact Sensing and Air Bags Transition and Trends in Crash Sensing Technologies and Automotive Restraint Systems.