wonders why no one thought about this all this while. Yes, Hyundai Motor Group
has developed a new centre side airbag, further enhancing the safety of its
vehicles. The airbag works to separate the space between driver and passenger.
The Group will roll out the technology in upcoming vehicles.
present cars have all kinds of airbags for the front driver and passenger-
front, side, knee, etc. But the space between the driver and the co passenger
in the front row was never seriously considered.
new, additional airbag expands into the space between driver and passenger
seats to prevent head injuries of passengers in the front row. If there is no
one in the front passenger seat, the airbag will protect the driver from side
collision coming from the right side. The centre side airbag is installed
inside the driver’s seat and will deploy once the impact is sensed.
new centre side airbag is expected to diminish head injuries caused by
passengers colliding with each other by 80%. According to the European
Automobile Manufacturers’ Association’s statistics, the rate of secondary
damage caused by these kinds of collisions or from hitting interior materials
is about 45%.
Group has applied newly patented technology to maintain reliability but reduce the
weight and size of the airbag.
has an internal component called tether which allows the airbag to maintain its
form and withstand the passenger’s weight. Hyundai Motor Group has developed a
new technology to simplify the design and reduce the weight of component
produce an airbag which is about 500g lighter than the competing products.
Thanks to the smaller size of the airbag, the Group’s design teams will have
more flexibility in the type of seat design they envision for future products.
Euro NCAP is expected to include side impact into its consideration beginning
year 2020 and Hyundai Motor Group’s airbag is expected to work favorably in
Source: Hyundai Motor Group
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