The newly redesigned 2013 Accord body uses 55.8-percent high-tensile steel, more than in any previous Accord. And 17.2-percent of the steel is grade 780, 980 and 1,500 MPa, extremely high grades that have never before been used in any Accord, and in fact, very few other cars.
This is one of the first cars to use such high strength steel (1500 MPa) in its body structure, most applications only use it only for bumper beams. The 2013 Accord uses ultra-high strength steel in its A pillar and B pillar reinforcements as well as its rocker reinforcements.
Quick look at the 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe body structure and airbags for vehicle extrication operations. Nothing out of the ordinary on this vehicle.
Tahoe is equipped with six standard air bags which protect the driver, right front passenger and outboard rear occupants. Based on the size of the Tahoe and its’ windows, the curtain airbags are large.
The 2013 Honda Civic body structure is a Honda-exclusive Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) II body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. The ACE design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This enhanced frontal crash-energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment and can help to more evenly disperse the forces transferred to other vehicles in a crash.
The Emergency Response Guide (ERG) for the 2013 Scion iQ EV covers the body structure, high voltage battery, airbags, inflator locations, and ideal cribbing locations. The images below are a quick look at the highlights from the ERG. The orange colored power cables that carry high voltage run the center of the undercarriage.
The iQ EV is equipped with a tire pressure warning system that by design prevents pulling the metal valve stem with integral transmitter from the wheel. Snapping or cutting the valve stem with pliers or removing the valve cap and valve core will release the air in the tire.
Here’s a walk through the 2013 Opel Corsa Body Structure and Airbags.
Here’s a screenshot from Moditech’s Crash Recovery System (CRS). A page on Moditech’s webscast has a bunch of examples of how Crash Recovery System can be used for Component Awareness in vehicles. Bar none, nothing beats Moditech’s CRS! This software is a becoming a necessity for fire departments and rescue companies to help keep up with the changing vehicles.
Nothing too unique about the features on the 2013 Jaguar XJ, battery is in the truck and per the Crash Recovery System screenshot below, the stored gas inflator for the side-curtain airbags is just behind the B-Pillar. Dual-stage front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, first and second row side-curtain airbags, and active head restraints with front-seat whiplash protection.
It’s Monday so let’s pull up Crash recovery System by Moditech! Here’s a quick look at the 2013 Lexus CT Hybrid body structure, airbags, and battery locations.
Eight-airbag system including driver’s and front passenger’s advanced airbag system, front seat-mounted side airbags, driver’s and front passenger’s knee airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags. Pre-tensioners with force limiters for front seats.
Here’s a quick look at the 2013 Lexus LS body structure and airbags. Make sure you check the unique airbag inflator in the rear seat!
The LS features dual-stage SRS airbags (Front seats), SRS knee airbags (Front seats), SRS side airbags (Front and outboard rear seats), and SRS curtain shield airbags (Front and rear door windows). An anti-submarining SRS Seat Cushion Airbag is available on long body models. Take a look at the Crash Recovery System screenshot below that shows the anti-submarining airbag.
Check out the 2013 Cadillac ATS body structure! Cadillac engineers used Martensitic alloys and ultra-high strength steel, among other materials, help make ATS one of the lightest vehicles in the class. The ATS earned a 5-star overall crash test rating in the New Car Assessment Program run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The b-pillar is made from Press Hardened/ Hot Stamped steel and Martensite.
The rear seat has an optional airbag that deploys from the outer bolster. The image below shows the concept and location of the airbag. Just keep the location of this stored gas inflator in the back of your head and remember that airbags are now located throughout a vehicle, and not just in the common locations like the dash, pillars, front seats, and headliners.
Just like every Subaru, the 2013 Impreza has their Ring-Shaped Frame Reinforcement body structure with extensive use of high-tensile steel in body structure for strength and safety. All 2013 Impreza models feature a driver’s knee airbag on a roster of safety features that also includes standard front side pelvis/torso airbags and side curtain airbags that offer front and rear outboard seat coverage. The passenger-seat front airbag features a shell-type design with a center groove, thus exposing the passenger to less impact force upon deployment. The seatbelts have pretensioners and force limiters.
Here’s a quick look at the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer body structure and airbag locations. The Lancer has 7 airbag system dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags and side air curtains. Plus a standard airbag to protect the driver’s knees.
Make sure you take note of the location of the roof/side airbag stored gas inflator in the C-Pillar. The Crash Recovery System screenshot below clearly shows the hazard in a common cut location.
The 2013 Honda Fit utilizes Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body-structure technology to enhance occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. The ACE system actively channels frontal crash energy to both upper and lower structural elements, including the floor frame rails, side sills and A-pillars. The ACE body structure routes crash forces around and away from the passenger compartment.
The Fit has six standard airbags. The Fit has side curtain airbags and the passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) airbag that will not deploy if the system detects a smaller-sized or out-of-position occupant. Both the driver and front passenger front airbags (SRS) incorporate dual-stage and multiple-threshold activation technology. The front row seats also have seat belt pretensioners and active head restraints.
Battery Crash Safety
The Electric Vehicle Fit is designed to protect the high-voltage parts within the vehicle in case of a severe crash. For example, the floor frame and crossmembers form a grid-like compartment to surround and protect the drive battery. The electrical flow is automatically disconnected if a severe crash occurs.
Make sure you take a quick look through the 2013 Honda Fit Emergency Response Guide.