South Korean automaker Hyundai has announced the development and future availability in its Hyundai and Kia cars of what is claimed as the world’s first multi-collision airbag system.
The system is said to significantly improve performance in a multi-collision accident in which the primary impact is followed by collisions with secondary objects, such as trees, electrical posts or other vehicles, which occurs in three out of every 10 accidents.
Current airbag systems do not offer secondary protection when the initial impact is insufficient to cause them to deploy.
However, Hyundai’s multi-collision airbag system allows airbags to deploy effectively upon a secondary impact by calibrating the status of the vehicle and the occupants.
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