Volvo, which has always establishes safety a priority, is the first brand to equip one of its vehicles with an airbag pedestrian system to minimize injury in case of a pedestrian impact.
Volvo confirms its status as a pioneer in security by equipping its new Volvo V40 a pedestrian airbag. This process complements other systems to prevent shocks and avoid them.
Therefore, if the collision with a pedestrian could be avoided by the City Safety system (emergency braking), the pedestrian airbag is triggered when the sensors on the front of the car feel impact.
This airbag, in addition to raising the bonnet by 10 cm and hold it in position, absorbs the shock of the pedestrian’s head with the windshield and the rigid parts around it (amounts Body and wiper blades wiper). The airbag, which form a U, then covers one third of the windshield and a large portion of the amounts, and thus avoids the most serious injuries to the head. It fires with speeds ranging from 20 to 50 km/h.
The safest car for pedestrians
We can rent the appearance of such a device, which further reduces the risk of serious injury to pedestrians. This innovation is also in line with the stricter criteria of the Euro NCAP rating, which wants to put more emphasis on pedestrian safety.
The only point that could lament the fact is that once deployed, the airbag mouth largely to the motorist and then makes it harder to control the vehicle. Moreover, it is hoped that the system is fully developed and does not fire in case of minor shocks with infrastructures of the road.