• ZF external airbag system

    A new external airbag system developed by German supplier ZF could reduce the injury severity in often deadly side-impact crashes by up to 40 percent.

  • Hyundai multi-collision airbag system
    New Hyundai airbag system will protect you in secondary collisions when others won't

    Air bags save lives and protect automobile occupants from injury, but they don't always go off. Hyundai wants to protect drivers in the event of a secondary collision when other airbags might not work. The Korean brand introduced the first multi-collision airbag system on Saturday. Unlike standard...

  • Hyundai panorama airbag for panoramic sunroofs
    Hyundai Mobis introduces world's first panorama sunroof airbags

    Hyundai Mobis, a long-time South Korea automotive supplier with obvious ties to Hyundai, introduced a world-first piece of safety equipment this past Saturday. Feast your eyes on the very first production panorama sunroof airbag. The airbag covers the almost the entire open portion of a panoramic...

  • External airbag deployed from car door. [Photo by the Daily Mail]
    Are External Airbags The Next Generation Of Car Safety Tech?

    An automotive supplier hopes its external airbags will be on production cars by the end of the decade.

  • The Mercedes-Benz Beltbag, coming soon to an unnamed luxury model
    Mercedes-Benz To Adopt Rear Seatbelt Airbags On Future Luxury Model

    Calling it the Beltbag, Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to introduce inflatable rear seatbelt airbags on a yet-to-be-named “luxury-class model,” likely the new S Class sedan. The inflatable belts have been shown to reduce the potential for rear-seat passenger injuries in frontal...

  • Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon Show Car
    Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon’s Airbags Deploy Despite No Crash

    In August of last year airbags in a Chevrolet Camaro deployed whilst its driver was attempting to drift, despite there being no crash or rollover. At the time, a spokesman for Chevy explained that in certain conditions the side curtain bags can deploy if the sensors determine that a rollover is...

  • Volvo's Pedestrian Airbag system

    Airbags inside of automobiles are nothing new, and have saved thousands of lives worldwide since being put into widespread use. Volvo, always at the forefront of vehicle safety, believes that airbags can be used to protect pedestrians, too. According to Volvo’s research, 25-percent of traffic fatalities in China are pedestrians. While the numbers are lower for Europe (14-percent) and the United States (12-percent), they’re still significant. In a pedestrian-vehicle accident, most serious head injuries are caused by the person’s head striking either a solid structure...

  • GM’s front center airbag in action
    GM First With Front Center Airbag

    GM has announced plans to launch the industry’s first front center airbag, designed to help protect drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes where the affected occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle. The tubular airbag is also designed to provide restraint...

  • inflating rear seatbelts
    2013 Ford Flex and Lincoln Vehicles Inherit Inflating Seatbelts

    The inflating rear seatbelts first introduced with the 2011 Ford Explorer are finally trickling down to other vehicles. In a release, Ford stated that the 2013 Ford Flex and some yet to be named Lincoln vehicles will be installed with the safety technology by this summer. While the company...

  • 2012 Audi A6 all-LED headlights
    7 High Tech Options, The Cheapest Cars You'll Find Them In

    One of the benefits of the rapid pace of technological advancement is that economies of scale are achieved relatively easily. Sounds boring, but this means that the high-technologies of a few years ago have already found themselves in much more affordable cars. Once this meant heated rear screens...

  • TRW's roof-mounted airbag. Image: TRW
    The Latest Airbag Innovation? Roof-Mounted Airbags

    Airbags were once the scourge of the automotive industry; manufacturers claimed their expense would torpedo new car sales and decimate the automotive industry, while consumers weren’t thrilled about having an explosive charge (indirectly) pointed at their face. In the twenty or so years since...

  • Mercedes-Benz safety - SRS
    Mercedes-Benz Celebrates 30 Years Of Supplemental Restraint

    The airbag is one of the single most significant inventions in the field of passive safety that the automotive world has seen. Patented in 1953 by American inventor John W. Hetrick and introduced into passenger cars in the United States in the mid seventies, it has been responsible for saving...

  • 2010 Land Rover LR2

    Recalls are almost as frequent as new model introductions these days, with everything from child seat anchor access to floor mat orientation to blame, but occasionally a serious threat to daily-driving safety arises, and the latest recall of 2010 and 2011 Land Rover LR2s definitely falls into the latter category, thanks to a connector problem that may disable the driver's front airbag from the factory. The problem lies in a shorting bar in the clock spring mechanism within the driver's airbag harness. During installation of the airbag module at the factory, the shorting bar may become...

  • 2011 BMW 335i Convertible
    Head-Protection Tech Will Help Keep Convertibles Safe, Affordable

    The automotive safety supplier TRW Automotive has shown a new head-protection system that will package more neatly—and at lower cost—into upcoming convertible models.

  • toyota rear seat center airbag 001
    Toyota releases world-first rear-seat center airbag

    No stone is being left unturned in carmakers' hunt for more and better safety technology, and Toyota is often at or near the forefront of that search. Today the company has released a new system: the world's first rear-seat center airbag. Designed to protect occupants in a side-impact from...

  • Honda multi-view camera
    Honda builds safer airbag and new multi-view camera system

    Honda today announced three wide-ranging safety advances that the company plans to implement across its vehicles and engineering processes in coming years. The first two technologies are designed to protect occupants and the vehicle itself, while the third is designed to promote increased...

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