New Honda Airbag Considered Safer

New Honda Airbag | Fayetteville, NC

Safety has always been a top priority for Honda, and the automaker recently announced its latest innovation in the field. Honda’s engineers have unveiled a new, advanced airbag design that should be more effective at protecting occupants in frontal collisions.

Honda developed this new airbag at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Ohio. The carmaker worked alongside Autoliv, one of its major safety system suppliers.

“This new airbag technology represents Honda’s continuing effort to advance safety performance in a wider variety of crash scenarios and reflects the innovative thinking that our engineers are bringing to the challenge of reducing traffic injuries and fatalities,” said Jim Keller, President of Honda R&D Americas, Inc.

Conventional airbags typically use a single inflatable compartment to help reduce injury and fatalities during frontal collisions. The new Honda airbag goes one step further, offering four major components. These include three inflatable compartments and a “sail panel” that combines the two side chambers at their outermost edge.

These components work to protect the occupant’s head in an angled frontal impact collision, since the lateral collision forces can cause the passenger’s head to rotate or slide off of the airbag, reducing its effectiveness. The “sail panel” acts like a baseball catcher’s mitt, cradling the occupant’s head to soften the impact.

Honda will begin implementing this potentially life-saving system in 2020. In the meantime, plan a trip to Bryan Honda to take a look at some of Honda’s current safety innovations, including the standard HondaSensing® suite of technology.

Revolutionizing Safety: Honda Sensing® Technology

2018 Honda Accord interior

2018 Honda Accord interior

Honda is setting new records, as the brand recently announced that it had sold over one million vehicles with Honda Sensing® technology.  Honda Sensing® is a suite of safety systems that includes a range of sensors and software programs to alert drivers to danger. The brand’s goal is to have all Honda models feature this suite of technologies by 2022.

According to Honda, the Honda Sensing® suite features technologies such as Collision Mitigation Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, and Adaptive Cruise Control. Many of these feature uses sensors to detect potential danger and slow or stop your vehicle to prevent damage and potential crashes.

“Honda dreams of a collision-free mobile society and the Honda Sensing technology has a crucial role to play in advancing us toward that goal,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of the American Honda Automobile Division & general manager of the Honda brand. “With the rapidly growing population of Honda vehicles applying these technologies, we hope to significantly reduce collisions involving Honda vehicles within the next three to four years.”

Honda Sensing® was recently revealed to reduce the claim severity of collisions by about $379, which is approximately 11 percent. Overall, there has been a 28 percent reduction in claims for injuries to people in other vehicle on the road when using Honda Sensing® technology.

To get a better understanding of how Honda Sensing® works in practice, come test drive one of our cars at Bryan Honda!