Safer Honda Airbag in Development

Honda Airbag | Elizabethtown, KY
Honda Airbag | Elizabethtown, KY

Honda’s engineers are tireless in their efforts to make your car safer. The Japanese automaker recently announced that it is developing new front-passenger airbag technology to help better protect passengers in a variety of front collision scenarios.

The new Honda airbag was created and tested by engineers at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. These highly-scientists worked with Autolive — one of the company’s safety systems suppliers — to create this revolutionary safety technology.

“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.

This next-generation airbag technology will address a previously neglected collision-type: the angled frontal impact, in which lateral collision forces can cause the occupant’s head to rotate or slide off of the airbag. It will have four major components: three inflated compartments and a “sail panel” that stretches between the two side chambers at their outermost edge. This “sail panel” will act like a baseball catcher’s mitt, decelerating the occupant’s head to cradle and protect it.

Honda plans to introduce this life-saving feature in 2020. For a closer look at the latest and greatest in automotive safety, swing by Hardin County Honda and go for a test drive.