Thursday, September 29, 2011

Automaker Adds a New Twist to Air Bag Placement

Just when you thought automakers couldn't find another place to stuff an air bag in today's safety laden vehicles, GM has done the unthinkable. The world's number one automaker will introduce the industry’s first front center air bag, an inflatable restraint 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. Also the NTHSA ( National Traffic Highway Safety Administration) should have a grin on their face, since this also will help to cut down on auto deaths or at minimal severe injuries.

The front center air bag will be introduced on the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, and Chevrolet Traverse midsize crossovers in the 2013 model year. This new safety feature will be standard on Acadia and Traverse with power seats and all Enclaves. As always, expect more automakers to get in the game. Who knew there would be competition in the air bag game. Ford is introducing inflatable front seat belts soon in some of their vehicles.

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