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.