Gallery: The Hail Protector: An External Airbag that Shields Your Car f...

 
External airbags have quickly emerged as one of the hottest automotive trends of 2013. Dutch car manufacturer TNO was the first car company to unveil exterior airbags intended to save pedestrians and cyclists from injury. Then Swedish automaker Volvo jumped on the bandwagon. Now, Texas-based Hail Storm Products has produced an entirely different kind of external airbag -- one that inflates and protects cars from the damage inflicted by hail storms.

Every year, about 250,000 cars are damaged by hail in the US, leaving car owners with pockmarked vehicles and insurers with a flood of claims. If you don’t own a garage, there isn’t much you can do when a hail storm approaches. For those occasions, the folks at Hail Storm Products have produced the Hail Protector, an inflatable system that puffs up to form a large cushion that will protect your entire car from hail damage. The device was developed by Michael Siciliano, an inventor from Gunter, Texas who spent four years designing and testing his prototype before introducing it to the market.

The Hail Protector comes with a mobile app that uses information from the National Weather Service and sends owners alerts before a hail storm arrives. And don’t worry, you don’t have to blow it up manually; four blowers powered by AA batteries, your car’s cigarette lighter, or an AC outlet are used to inflate the airbag, which can be engaged with a remote control. The system can inflate in under five minutes, and according to Gizmag, it can protect your car from hail chunks that are as big as a softball. The system retails for $299 to $399, depending on the type of car you have.

+ Hail Storm Products

Via Gizmag

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  1. Michael Siciliano August 13, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Well the crowdfunding thing was a circus, so we have now launched The Hail Protector System in a normal fashion, thanks to a few great investors. Check us out at http://www.hailprotector.com/ At less than the price of the typical $500 deductible ($299 to $399) and including the most powerful early warning hail alert engine in the world, plus all the accessories we include, it’s a tremendous value that is going to change auto hail damage forever.

  2. Michael Siciliano April 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Save $88 on one HAIL PROTECTOR and $206 on two HAIL PROTECTORS with our FAMILY PACK2 plan Here is the site: http://igg.me/at/hailprotector/x/2270994

  3. Michael Siciliano March 22, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    HAIL PROTECTOR is Now Available on California based crowdfunding platform INDIEGOGO. Here is the link: http://igg.me/at/hailprotector/x/2270994
    Please join us in the effort to bring this product to market!

  4. Hail Protector March 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Hello, Martin. Hail Storm Products has a market launch of Hail Protector on March 19th. The easiest way to find out more is to register on our site to be informed where you can buy at http://www.hailprotector.com. We appreciate your interest.

  5. Martin Pashain February 24, 2013 at 8:44 am

    who sells this product in the southern New Hampshire area, in Rockingham county? send me a email at: harleyowner84@yahoo.com in care if Martin H. Pashain thank you

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