Ford has stated that the 2011 Mustang uses high-strength steel in its body structure and ultra-high-strength steel in the door intrusion beams for additional side-impact protection. One thing to keep in mind is the Glass Roof that is available on the Mustang. The glass roof is large, therefore the has to be so major reinforcements running cross car to connect to the A and C pillars.
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- The programmed crumple structure absorbs impact energy, – the third-generation Renault System for Restraint and Protection incorporates anti-submarining functions, double pretensioners, load limiters and adaptive airbags.
- Twin side-impact sensors with dual-chamber thorax/groin/abdomen airbags as first seen on Laguna III and now available across the full Mégane range,
- The Jazz is built round a survival cell constructed of 42% high tensile steel. Incredibly strong, it disperses crash energy across the body frame and away from the dash and interior, boosting protection to those inside by a further 20%. Front and rear crumple zones provide additional protection and greatly reduce harm to pedestrians.
- Collisions can come from any angle; that’s why the Jazz has airbags fitted all round the cabin. Dual Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) side and curtain airbags run down the entire length of the interior giving increased protection. The Jazz is also fitted with a lock allowing the driver to disengage the front passenger airbag when required. In addition, ISOFix childseat anchors are provided on the rear passenger seats to give added protection for your family and extra peace of mind for you.
- In the event of a collision from behind, the active front head restraints automatically move forward keeping the head secure, reducing the effects of whiplash and absorbing any shockwaves. The 3-point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) seatbelts have pre-tensioners and internal structures to securely protect the bodies of all passengers.
- Advanced sensors work to constantly monitor the levels of grip in the Jazz. If they sense a problem, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) will engage. It will automatically reduce engine power or add the right amount of braking to the wheels to keep the vehicle in control. Depending on the situation, this could be all four wheels, or just the inner or outer wheels. The system is automatically set to be active but can be deactivated through a switch on the dashboard.
Designed to be highly rigid for enhanced crash protection, The Ridgeline has a tough backbone that incorporates an integrated closed-box frame and a reinforced unit-body. The result is a robust truck that provides a reduced likelihood of rollover and exceptional safety ratings in its class.
Civic Hybrid with Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) was named a 2010 TOP SAFETY PICK by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). According to the IIHS, the award “recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, rear, and now [for 2010] rollover crashes.” So there is some Ultra-high Strength Steel lurking in the body structure! Any body pillar, rail, or rocker that is a different color in the images below is worth taking a mental snapshot.
During the past several months, Chevrolet has collaborated with first-responder representatives from national safety organizations to develop educational materials for firefighters, law enforcement, emergency medical technicians and emergency dispatchers nationwide. This will help ensure the training meets the needs and answers the questions their colleagues are likely to have about electric vehicles.
Their feedback is being incorporated into training materials that will be available on the tour and posted on a targeted Web site for departments unable to attend the training sessions.
The training will include animation and illustrations of the Chevrolet Volt, highlighting locations of high-strength steel, cut points for extrication, first-responder labeling, automatic and manual electrical shut-off and more.
Notice the last sentence in the quotes? There are going to be cut points for extrication and first-responder labeling! A true step in the right direction to help us get our patients out quickless.
The body structure is all new and designed to achieve expected safety performance in global markets. This includes the new roof-crush standards, side-impact standards and Euro pedestrian impact. This would make me assume that the pillars have some UHSS or maybe even Boron steels.
Also look out for the full-length side-curtain air bags which extend protection to front and rear outboard passengers, seat-mounted side thorax air bags that enhance protection for the driver and front passenger, and active head restraints which deploy in the event of a rear collision.