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Manufacturers flaunt their safety features

Blue is high strength steel, orange isvery high strength steel, yellow is extra high strength steel, and red is ultra high strength steel. Apparently,the guys in charge of steel nomenclature in the industry are not extremely creative.

Note that the tough and expensive ultra high strength stuff is used in the most critical of areas the sideimpact beams and in the B pillar. Also interesting is the ho Oakley Sunglasses Outlet neycomb of extra high strength steel that’s used inthe rear doors.

Here we see the hoop of extra high strength material that forms a protective hoop around the top of the passengercompartment, much like a roll cage. Substantial beams are also used along the top of the door sills for additionalprotection against intrusion from taller vehicles.

The front fenders make use of high strength steel beams along their upper edges, which also contribute to improvedcrashworthiness when impacted by bumpers that are mounted higher than normal.

On display in Hyundai’s booth was a dissected Azera that showed off not only the post crash safety features, butalso called attention to pro active measures such as stability control and anti lock brakes. Unfortunately, suchdynamic systems are a bit difficult to show off on a static display, so all we got there is a series of lines onthe floor showing: A) the intended path; B) the path without stability control; and C) the path with stability control.

Much more interesting than some painted stripes was the display vehicle itself, which had its left sideremoved to show the incredibly dense coverage of airbag protection in a modern vehicle. Also cut away was the driver’sseat, which reveals the seat belt “pre tensioners” that give a sharp tug on the belt when an impact isdetected. By tightening the seat belts, the passengers can be held more firmly to the seats, reducing contact with theair bags. Anything that keeps our faces further away from rapidly expanded pyrotechnics gets the Autoblog Seal ofApproval.

Up front, the passenger is protected by three ‘bags, with the curtain airbag descending from the ceiling to protectthe occupant’s head during a side collision, and a side airbag to keep one’s hip and pelvis safe from the intrudingbumper that’s trying to smash them to bits (pelvis protection is high on our list).

The rear passengers in the Azera get similar level of protection from side impacts.

Volkswagen eschewed fancy cutaways, and simply displayed a new Jetta that had been used in an actualside impact test. What we see here is that the car’s robust B pillar and sill structure have done an admirable job ofabsorbing the energy of the collision, minimizing intrusion into the passenger compartment and in the processmaximizing the amount of room in which the side airbags can do their job. The doors and their contribution to thisexcellent performance can’t be directly observed, but it would appear they’ve done their job well.

So, there you have it a glimpse into the world of safety technology. They have done so in the past. They didn’t patent the 3 point safety belt, for example. That’s less likely now that every company is marketing safety (or at least crash test scores and features) to gain a competitive advantage. Volvo does share some of its primary research and expertise. For example, one of their scientists was recently honored by the NHTSA for her contributions to biomechanics and safety engineering. They are being out maneuvered by competitors, mainly because of the public’s focus on crash test scores and feature count.

April 18 2006 at 6:35 PM

Report abuse PermalinkI wanted to make a comment on the chatter about not buying safe vehicles and the trashing of Volvo. For anyone with half a brain in them, if you honestly think buying a safe vehicle is a waste of time, I am glad I am not a member of your family. As to Volvo’s testing, it should be noted that Volvo has their own crash team which is dispatched (in addition to the local police) when an accident of a given nature occurs. They actually take measurement and record data on the crash which is used to make their cars safer. A great example is the heartbeat monitor which will be incorporated into their newer vehicles soon (So you know if you accidently forgot a pet or baby in the vehicle.) The United States has a long way to go before it in my opinion can compete with safety requirments which have been incorporated on vehicles like Volvo and Saab for years. Also, think about this, if you don’t want to buy a safer vehicle, then tell your insurance company to stop raising my rates for health insurance and auto insurance. Just because you want to be foolish and reckless so you can go faster and get to that traffic light before I do, doesn’t mean I should have to pay for the damage you cause to yourself and others. I am sure 5 driv Oakley Sunglasses Outlet e big SUV’s and have no problem paying $3.50/gal of gas and not stopping for people in crosswalks. But will complain that they can’t drive less safer vehicles.

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Robert Kirbo

My daughter and I have owned Volvos, Mazdas, Hondas, Mercedes Benz and Audi vehicles. A lot of the safety protections that many other companies boast of having, was developed by Volvo. If you have ever owned a Volvo, a Mercedes and then compare it to an American or Japanese vehicle, the added strength of the steel, particularly in the crash cage and side protection units is just amazingly superior. It does add extra weight, but my daughter’s Volvo 740 with over 300,000 miles on it still manages about 26 MPG in average driving. It’s no pocket rocket, but it is certainly acceptable, especially for its age. Keep mindful also tha the Volvo S40 is built on the DAF platform designed in Holland, and was acquired just before the Ford take over. Much of the S40 development was done pre Volvo and later models since 2004 have been heavily revamped to meet the usual Volvo safety standards. Most impressively is the real world crash test data that shows that the much smaller and lighter S40 actually exhibits superior or equal crash worthiness when compared with the larger XC90 Cross Country SUV. Volvos are not perfect, but they are unquestionably one of the safest car products that can be purchased, and for far less than the cost of a BMW (also very safe!) or a Mercedes Benz (Also very safe!). The Audis have mixed results, and although they have a great crumple zone and seem to do well on the NHTSA tests, they actually fair poorly in some real world offset crashes. I would think that the Volkswagens as sister cars would fare about the same. I really love the Hondas for sportiness and economy, but they have some of the weakest bumper and front end protection of a modern Japanese car. However, the seats are weak spot and they can buckle, the mechanisms can break, allowing Oakley Sunglasses Outlet a passenger Oakley Sunglasses Outlet or driver to be thrown forward in a dangerous crumple. The same is true for the Honda seats, BTW. Toyota seems to fare better with stronger seats and good bumpers, but the B pillar is weak in side impact tests, except for the Avalon and the Lexus models. You could save money, but not much, and you could pay with your life or your good health. Hardly a bargain! Zenbob