Ford uses Laminated Side Glass on their more expense models. Laminated Side Glass is an option on Crown Victoria Commercial Taxis. I will make a post with common vehicles that use Laminated Side Glass.
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There is almost no reason to write about the new 2010 Subaru’s. If you arrive on scene of a MVA with entrapment in a Subaru vehicle you can safely assume you will encounter some UHSS and most likely Boron. Here is what Subaru says about the 2010 Subaru Outback:
Subaru reinforces the key structural elements of its vehicles by building them with the most durable high-tensile steel. Because we see so much of the frame as key to your safety, nearly 40% of our Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame is constructed of high-tensile steel.
One option to consider if you have an entraped occupant is the trunk tunneling techique. The liftgate opening in large enough to slide a patient out on a backboard.
To achieve the best combination of light weight and structural performance, high-strength and Boron steels were employed in the critical load-bearing parts of the structure, such as in the main pillars and crash zones. High-strength and Boron steels can be used in thinner gauges than conventional steels, reducing weight while providing improved strength and rigidity.
In frontal impacts, the all-new Ka channels energy through the two side rails, with a third load path through the suspension subframe. For side impacts, the B-pillars, rocker panels and doors feature carefully designed reinforcements to ensure the body sides retain their structural integrity and minimise intrusion into the passenger compartment.
Source: Ford Ka Press Pack
The new 2010 Kia Sorento is designed with a stiff body structure which features a much higher percentage (70.4per cent) of high-tensile strength steel compared to the previous model (40.0per cent). The strength of the B-Pillar was improved with a roll-over hoop incorporated into the B-pillars and much stronger (60 kg grade) steel is used in the side sills. As for testing:
USA’s current official NHTSA crash tests, plus a ‘Good’ rating (again the top-score) in IIHS tests for both frontal and side impacts
Getting detailed information out of Ford has not been to successful to date. I am still working on it and hope to have color coded body structure diagrams soon. The first information on the 2010 Ford Taurus post on this is site was short. New information is now available.
The Ford Taurus has dual-phase steel in the vehicle structure, including the inner A-pillar reinforcements, outer B-pillar reinforcements, roof rail and outer A-pillar assembly. The Volvo XC60 integrates safety into the body structure by utilizing ultra high-strength steels (1500 MPa) in the A-posts, B-posts, and floor sill reinforcements.
Just look at that UHSS strength number, 1500 Mpa. Now look at the chart below. That is almost the strong UHSS used today. Good luck out there! Just remember to have a Plan A,B,C etc!
High strength body shell
The Audi Q7 V12 is underpinned by a high strength body shell constructed from incredibly strong steel. The rigid safety zones of the high-strength body shell ensure that, in the event of a collision, energy is absorbed in a controlled manner away from the occupants’ protective zone.
The new 2010 Audi A8 is constructed from the aluminum Audi Space Frame (ASF), which in this latest evolution includes many high-strength components which have contributed to increase the torsional stiffness by 25%. The weight of the structure is about 40 percent less than a comparable steel one and is coupled with aluminum body panels. The new A8 uses a new, high-strength aluminum alloy. The A-pillar nodes of the new A8 is one of 25 castings in the body structure. Just remember that castings typically vary in thicknesses and often have reinforcement ribs. If your tool stalls, move it an inch up or down and that could be enough distance to get between the ribs.
Additional features related to the safety cage include:
- Side-door beams that help reduce penetration into the passenger compartment
during shallow-angle side collisions
- Side-impact, cross-car beams are designed into the vehicle at the instrument
panel, rear compartment and floor areas to help channel energy
- Door hinges and latches that work together with each door’s structure and
steel reinforcements to help keep the doors closed during an impact
The 2010 Honda Pilot has earned the coveted 5-Star ranking from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2010 Pilot has received a 5-star frontal and 5-star side-impact crash test rating which means there is some high strength steel in the body construction. In fact, The unit-body construction makes extensive use of high-strength steel (52 percent) to minimize weight. Of course, the famous Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure is used to help.