Airbags are not exactly the most exciting features in automobiles. But in the event of an accident, they may be your only safeguard from death or serious injuries. That is exactly why almost every vehicle on offer today comes with an airbag as standard.
From front airbags, side airbags, as well as driver's knee airbag, they have saved countless lives (although some have caused fatalities due to Takata's past misdeeds) and resulted in the increased survivability of both the driver/passenger of a vehicle after a crash.
In line with this, Honda recently revealed a new airbag design that they claim will reduce the potential of injuries in various frontal impacts. Honda even went on to say that their new design will perform better during angled frontal impacts, which can cause serious head injuries despite the airbag being deployed. This is where the company's new four-chamber airbag comes into play.
Unlike conventional airbags which only have a single inflatable compartment, Honda's new design has multiple chambers that reduce the chances of head injuries occurring. It consists of a central chamber, two outward-side projecting chambers, and a 'sail panel' that stretches between the two side chambers.
Honda described their new design as acting like a catcher's mitt, with the sail panel serving to catch and decelerate the occupant's head. Meanwhile, the side compartments pull the passenger inward in order to fully cradle the head. The result is better protection and less chances of any injuries being incurred.
But when will Honda's new airbag system be available on new production models? Initially, the new airbag design might be available in the US market first since it was developed at the company's safety center in Raymond, Ohio. But with this new breakthrough benefitting passenger safety, we won't be surprised if the technology becomes shared across other Honda regions/markets around the world. Let's just hope Honda introduces them swiftly so as to reduce head injuries for all of Honda's customers.