GM introduces new front centre airbag (+video)

If you think that having up to nine airbags in your car will keep you safe, you’re probably right but just to make sure General Motors has developed a new type of airbag.

GM’s latest safety innovation is a front centre airbag which is designed to keep the driver in place during a far-side impact. It will also prevent front occupants from smashing their heads together in a collision. Bet you wish you had one now.

The first cars to see the new airbag will be U.S spec models like the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia beginning in 2013. The tube-shaped airbag deploys out of the drivers seat between driver and passenger and inflates in the centre of the vehicle.

Doing the research behind this new technology GM analysed American National Highway Traffic Safety data, which revealed that far-side impact crashes accounted for 11 percent of the belted front occupant fatalities in non-rollover incidents between 2004 and 2009. Those deaths represent 29 percent of all fatalities in side-impact crashes.

The front centre airbag was developed in collaboration with automotive parts supplier Takata and took three years.

Check out a video clip of the front centre airbag below.

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