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Today was a great day! I attended the Trauma Symposium put on by the POH Regional Medical Center at one of the guest speakers was no other than Ron Moore. I was humbly honored when Ron recognized me from this site! After the morning lectures by Ron and several other very good presentations, off to the CREST Center for a little Hybrid Extrication. Ron deployed some airbags, displayed some challenges that face responders with Hybrid vehicles, and of course, cut apart a car!
Ron discussed several precautions to consider with all the air bags in late model vehicles. Go to Scene of the Accident and make sure you watch video number 017-Cut Gas Inflator. This video will make sure that you double check for a gas cylinder on any cut you make in a vehicle that has side impact airbags
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The Ford Kuga has a high amount of Ultra High Strength Steel (UHSS) that makes up the rigid and lightweight passenger cell. There are defined crush zones that work with the UHSS to maintain the passenger cell during a crash. The pillars are very slim because of the UHSS. Dual phase DP steel is used in the rocker, tunnel, A- and B-pillars.
Extra strong materials enable window pillars to be very slim. This helps to maximise visibility and enables the option of the large panoramic roof to be fitted. Through the implementation of more dual phase steels – located in the rocker, tunnel, A- and B-pillars – the integrity of the passenger cell has been further improved without significantly adding weight.
The new Ford Kuga builds on a strong heritage and no-compromise approach to safety, refining the Ford Intelligent Protection System (IPS) further through the use of its high strength steel and impact protection advances. IPS is a cohesive system of passive safety features, which work together to maximise occupant protection. This is supported by advanced and comprehensive active safety equipment that positively assists the driver.
A rigid structure enables designers to maintain tight body-panel fit tolerances, tune the suspension for precise ride and handling, help keep the ride squeak- and rattle-free as well as to provide long-term durability and high levels of crash protection for the occupants. The widespread use of high-tensile steel enables the RDX to meet all of these challenges.
Polygonal-shaped frame members, that are designed to disperse and absorb forces in a collision, are located behind the front bumper beam. These high-strength steel frame members send collision forces upward and rearward where they can be absorbed by the main body structure. In the event of a rear collision, polygonal-shaped high-tensile steel frame members direct the loads forward and outward. These rear frame members also use a “wave shape” design that provides high strength, yet deforms controllably in a collision. In a side impact, large longitudinal high-tensile steel side sills extending front to rear underneath the vehicle, along with lateral high tensile steel cross members, absorb energy. For greater steering precision and handling stability, RDX designers paid particular attention to improving body rigidity around the front and rear suspension. These reinforcements are comprised of side-to-side bracing behind and above the firewall and inside the tailgate area.
The use of varying grades of steel in the construction of the RDX’s unit body is key to its stiffness, performance in a collision and light weight. HSS780 grade steel is used in the “box” section of the front, side and rear frame members at the bottom of the body. Additional high tensile steel (HSS780 and 590) is used in other areas under the floor, and in the A- and B-pillars and roof rails. By utilizing high strength steel (39-percent by weight), the RDX exceeds the BMW X3′s torsional rigidity.