As reported by the Detroit News, GM to introduce industry’s first front-center air bag. I heard rumbles about GM being the first to market with the front seat center airbag, but I wanted to wait until it was released officially before I made a post about. So what does this mean to us? (and I used “us” because of Ray McCormack’s Facebook status, “Only you can prevent first responder“. I’m guilty of using “first responder” because extrication is not only a fire service discipline) Anyway, back to the airbags. The airbag deploys from the right side of the driver’s seat and positions itself between the front seats near the center of the vehicle. An interesting statistic in the article are far-side fatalities. These fatalities are from the occupant on the nonstruck side of the vehicle which represent 29 percent of all the belted front occupant fatalities in side impacts. These front seat center mounted airbags could help save more lives. Look for these airbags to be introduced in the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Chevrolet Traverse in the 2013 model year. Stay tuned for more information!!
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