Honda Unveils a Better Airbag for Reducing Injuries on Accident
2001-2016 Honda CR-V, Fit, FR-V and Stream owners being urged to attend a free Repair-A-Thon at Auto Solutions on St John’s Road, Pembroke from March 8 through March 10 between 8.00am and 6.00pm. This is, unfortunately, a complicated issue for consumers, who may have to return to their dealer more than once. But this is an urgent safety issue, and all consumers with vehicles covered by the previous recalls should have that remedy installed. Even though it’s a temporary solution until the new remedy is available, they and their families will be safer if they take the time to learn if their vehicle is covered and follow their manufacturers’ instructions.
Unlike conventional airbag systems that rely on a single inflatable compartment, the new system utilizes four major components: three inflated compartments — a central chamber and two outward-projecting side chambers that create a wide base across the dash — along with a sail panel that stretches between the two side chambers at their outermost edge. Operating something like a baseball catcher’s mitt, the sail panel catches and decelerates the occupant’s head while also engaging the side chambers, pulling them inward to cradle and protect the head, mitigating the potential for injury.
A new airbag design is set to show up in Honda cars from 2020, promising to grab and cradle a passenger’s head like a baseball in a mitt. It’s designed to cushion and limit the rotational velocity of the passenger’s head in a collision. Analysis of brain injury criterion, or BRIC, suggests the new airbag offers 75% reduction in the rotational velocity of the head in a crash. It works with the added slack in modern seatbelts to distribute the force of impact between the seatbelt and airbag and limit injury to the occupant’s chest.
This next-generation airbag technology is the result of Honda engineers’ study of real-world crash events along with research and testing conducted at the company’s advanced safety research center in Raymond, Ohio. Honda’s Ohiosafety center is one the most sophisticated facilities for safety research, development and testing in the world and includes facilities dedicated to advanced crash simulations, pedestrian safety, collision testing and advanced restraint system development and tuning.
Honda will launch Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on the 2016 Accord, the upcoming refresh of its full-sized sedan. The iPhone and Android connectivity systems will be an option with Honda’s 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen infotainment system, offered on EX trim cars and above. As we’ve seen with other so-equipped head units, Honda ‘s implementation will allow Android and iOS devices to take over the dashboard display for apps, streaming media, and navigation. However, Honda says that we can expect a bigger-than-average impact from its involvement.
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