In an accident it is the airbag that we rely on to save our lives.
Over the decades automakers have developed airbags to mitigate injuries from frontal impacts as well as those from the side, including rollovers, but until recently manufacturers and parts suppliers have not addressed the dangers associated with occupants suffering injury through contact with one another or parts of a vehicle’s interior during a crash. GM was the first to announce center-mounted airbags starting in 2013, and Toyota and Mercedes-Benz have been testing similar systems.
That could change soon as regulatory agencies are giving this technology a second look.
“We are experiencing rising interest in this new airbag technology and Euro NCAP is currently assessing new side impact test protocols for 2018 and beyond,” said Dirk Schultz, global engineering director, ZF TRW Inflatable Restraints Systems. “If implemented, we believe that many new vehicles could require far-side airbag modules.”
German supplier ZF TRW has developed a new center airbag design aimed at protecting occupants in “far-side” and “near-side” crashes, in which the vehicle sustains an impact from the side and occupants hit each other, even if side-impact airbags deploy as designed.
Senior citizens are often a forgotten consumer groups in automotive industry, yet one with great investment potential. Their needs are specific and so will be the models categorized for them. We bring you a list of top cars for senior citizens that can fulfill their needs and offer right kind of support they deserve.
Hyundai Sonata – One of the best car options for senior citizens, it is pleasant to pockets, spacious, comfortable, and with relatively simpler controls. Equipped with a 2.4-litre engine it delivers a fuel economy of 29mpg. Its’ pricing starts from $22, 000.
Volvo S80 – In case, your grandparents have a taste for some extra style and charm, Volvo S80 is the perfect option that will even fit their bills. The Swedish car has earned high scores for its safety features and comes with a bundle of hi-tech assets.
Subaru Forester – In case the elder members of your family are adventurous or like to travel with complete family, than this is the car for them. Subaru Forester is one of the best cars for old drivers owing to its reliability, safety features, affordability, and large cargo space.
Honda Fit – A little hatchback with large cargo space, outstanding performance, and inspiring fuel economy. It mileage figure stands at 33mpg and is also available with 6-speed manual transmission.
When driving to school and back is your teen being safe, it all begins with the type of car they are driving.
The goods news is that parents looking for a safe, affordable vehicle for their teen driver have many more options than just a year ago, theInsurance Institute for Highway Safety announced last week with the release of its new, updated recommendations for used vehicles for teens. The list has grown by more than 50 percent since the group’s initial report in 2014, even though the price and safety criteria haven’t changed since last year, the group said.
“Time is on the consumer’s side,” Anne McCartt, the institute’s senior vice president for research, said in a statement. “It’s easier than ever to find a used vehicle with must-have safety features and decent crash test performance without spending a fortune.”
The institute, a nonprofit financed by the insurance industry, compiled its first list of recommended used vehicles after finding that the vast majority of parents who bought a vehicle for their teen driver bought it used.
“The prices for most of the vehicles we recommend for young, novice drivers are still higher than what a lot of people are used to spending,” McCartt added. “We would encourage parents to consider paying a little more for safety if they can.”
Driving to and from work everyday, you usually see at least one car accident if not more. With all the new safety features, why is this not decreasing the amount of accidents in the United States?
Today’s cars are safer than they’ve ever been, with increasing numbers of models delivering top scores in what have become stricter crash tests, and offering an array of the latest safety features. We now have airbags in the front, rear and sides of a vehicle, with some even at knee height, mounted between the front seats and incorporated into the rear shoulder belts. There’s backup cameras, lane departure and blind spot warning systems and forward auto-braking systems now being offered on all but the smallest and cheapest models.
And yet, nearly 19,000 lives were lost in traffic accidents over the first six months of 2015, according to preliminary statistics just released by the National Safety Council (NSC). That’s a sizeable 14% increase in fatalities over the same period in 2014.
What’s more, over 2.2 million people were seriously injured, which represents a staggering 30% increase. The NSC warns that this year could wind up as the deadliest for motorists and passengers since 2007.
Previously, vehicle-related fatalities had dropped from a peak of 43,510 in 2005 to 32,719 in 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which was largely attributed to improved vehicle engineering in accordance with stricter state DUI, seatbelt use and teen-driving laws.