Toyota develops world’s first centre rear seat airbag

Toyota develops world’s first centre rear seat airbag

Toyota airbag

Over the last few decades, automakers have made massive leaps forward in addressing safety issues, initially for front seat occupants and more recently for those in the back. Three point seat-belts are now almost universal for backseat passengers, as are head restraints. Curtain airbags are also becoming standard issue in most cars to provide extra protection when the car is impacted from the side. But there were still many injuries from rear seat occupants impacting into eachother in a collision.

Toyota has attempted to solve this by devising a new centre position rear air bag that deploys from a roof mounted console. The new bag deploys from the ceiling during a side impact to minimise injuries that can occur as one occupant is thrown into the other. Presumably the bag does not deploy if someone is actually occupying the centre position in the rear, because that could go all bad.

Toyota reports that this new bag will debut this year on a domestic market Toyota vehicle.

Toyota airbag

Over the last few decades, automakers have made massive leaps forward in addressing safety issues, initially for front seat occupants and more recently for those in the back. Three point seat-belts are now almost universal for backseat passengers, as are head restraints. Curtain airbags are also becoming standard issue in most cars to provide extra protection when the car is impacted from the side. But there were still many injuries from rear seat occupants impacting into eachother in a collision.

Toyota has attempted to solve this by devising a new centre position rear air bag that deploys from a roof mounted console. The new bag deploys from the ceiling during a side impact to minimise injuries that can occur as one occupant is thrown into the other. Presumably the bag does not deploy if someone is actually occupying the centre position in the rear, because that could go all bad.

Toyota reports that this new bag will debut this year on a domestic market Toyota vehicle.

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