Honda has announced a new front passenger Airbag for deployment in time to come. Developed by Honda R&D Center in Ohio, U.S.A., the new front passenger airbag focuses on enhancing protection of front passengers in angled front crashes. It Is part of Honda’s “Safety for Everyone” initiative.

In 2017, upwards of 37,000 people lost their lives in the U.S. alone as a result of motor vehicle traffic crashes. After the worldwide outrage about the previous Takata airbags, Honda has been hard at work to improve one of the most important aspects of car safety. The initial roll-out of the new airbags would be for the U.S. market by 2020. No word has been out about worldwide distribution…

The new airbag is designed to better protect occupants in a wide range of frontal collision scenarios, including angled crashes between vehicles or a vehicle and another object. It is particularly beneficial in angled frontal impacts in which lateral collision forces can cause an occupant’s head to rotate severely or slide off the airbag, increasing the chance of serious injury.

Unlike conventional airbag systems that rely on a single inflatable compartment, the new system utilizes three inflated compartments (a center chamber, two outward-projecting side chambers and a “sail panel”). The sail panel catches and decelerates the occupant’s head while also engaging the side chambers, pulling them inward to cradle and protect the head, mitigating the potential for injury. 

Honda’s Ohio safety center is one the world’s most sophisticated facilities for safety research, development and testing. The center includes facilities dedicated to advanced crash simulations, pedestrian safety, collision testing and advanced restraint system development and tuning.

What’s in the works @ Honda

Honda also is working to develop and deploy advanced passive safety and active safety systems that can reduce the severity of a collision or help avoid it entirely. In addition to passive safety systems such as airbags, seatbelts and advanced crash safety structures like the company’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, Honda is aggressively deploying its Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive systems.

Most new Honda models in Malaysia already carry Honda Sensing. Check with your local Honda dealership to discover more about Honda Sensing and other safety features.