UNLV Engineers Design Device To Help Protect U.S. Troops

Roadside bombs continue to be a daily threat for U.S. troops overseas.

But now, an idea by UNLV engineers may give troops caught in the dangerous situation in Iraq some added protection with an inflatable seat cushion.

The foam and air filled device gives troops riding in military vehicles an extra buffer from the impact of bomb explosions.

Professor Douglas Reynolds says the seat is designed to prevent serious spinal injury.

The Army will be testing UNLV's seat system in January along with several others to see if the device will hold up during an explosion.

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