Frontal Airbags and Pedestrian Airbargs

Have you seen a vehicle crash where the front drivers and passenger airbags have not deployed?  The picture to the left is an example of the sensors not initiating airbag deployment.

This post is going to hopefully remind you to stay clear of un-deployed airbags when the vehicle sustains damage such as this and touch on new technology that is coming for pedestrians or in this case motorcycle passengers.  

The Honda Civic involved in the above crash did not have any airbag deployment. Check out where the sensors are on the Crash Recovery System diagram. The scooter was directly between them.

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The primary task of the new pedestrian airbag is to reduce the degree of injury to pedestrians in the event of a collision.  The pedestrian airbag system is a supplement to the vehicle’s existing mechanical structure that is designed to absorb energy in the event of a collision with a pedestrian and to stop pedestrians from impacting with hard-points at the front of the vehicle.

Here is a technology update from Moditech on Pedestrian Protection Airbags.  Also read more from Boron Extrication on the 2013 Volvo pedestrian airbag here.

Remember to always stay alert for un-deployed airbags.  Stay out of the airbag firing zone.

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