Hyundai has developed a new type of airbag

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Words: Nile Bijoux
18 Sep 2019

Hyundai has developed a new centre side airbag, which expands in the space between the driver and passenger seats to help prevent head injuries.

While it might seem like a small area to improve on, data from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association says the rate of secondary damage caused by these kinds of collisions between the front passengers or from hitting interior materials is about 45 per cent. Hyundai’s new airbag is expected to diminish head injuries caused by passengers colliding with each other by 80 per cent.

The new airbag has an internal component called a tether which allows the airbag to maintain its form and withstand the passenger’s weight. Additionally, Hyundai’s airbag is about 500g lighter and smaller than competing products, the company says, allowing for more flexibility in future seat designs.

ANCAP already tests for side impact collisions, while Euro NCAP will start including them in testing in 2020. These new airbags should help keep Hyundai (and Kia) vehicles at the pointy end of local safety ratings.

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