Front Center Airbag to Debut on GM Models
Now, General Motors has invented a new one, and it’s basically for protecting one passenger... from the other, like a big pillow between quarreling lovers. Toyota has a similar layout on their Crown Majesta JDM model, but GM has fitted the airbag in the front.
The new safety device will make its debut on the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, and Chevrolet Traverse midsize crossovers starting from the 2013 model year, and will be standard on the models that come with power seats.
“The front center air bag is not required by federal regulation, and no other air bag in passenger vehicles today offers the type of restraint and cushioning this air bag is designed to provide for front occupants,” said Scott Thomas, senior staff engineer in GM’s advanced restraint systems.
“While no restraint technology can address all body regions or all potential injuries, the front center air bag is designed to work with the other air bags and safety belts in the vehicles to collectively deliver an even more comprehensive occupant restraint system,” said Gay Kent, GM executive director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness.