2013 Chevrolet Cruze will get the flexible venting driver airbag

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 19, 2012

The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze sedan will use a specially designed single-stage airbag with an automatic vent, which is a unique safety feature. Chevrolet put this in instead of the two-stage driver airbags that most modern cars use. Chevrolet said that the airbag helps cushion occupants of various sizes without making use of the usual two-stage design that’s currently in use.

There are separate inflators used for low- and high-speed crashes in a normal two-stage driver’s airbag, providing a different level of protective cushioning depending on the car accident’s severity. Only one inflator for all crashes is used by Chevrolet’s system, which it co-developed with supplier Takata. However, an internal vent system instantly adjusts the airbag’s strength.

Chevrolet said that compared to the old two-stage airbag, the single-stage system is lighter and more compact. But then, it lessens the risk of inflation-induced injury by permitting the driver’s forward momentum to effectively push the air out and away. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze a five-star safety rating.

This is the same rating that the compact sedan got in 2011 and 2012 with its old two-stage airbag. In addition, the Cruze is an Insurance Institute For Highway Safety Top Safety Pick. In a statement, General Motors vehicle safety general director Gay Kent said that the new air bag technology is an intelligent way to handle crash forces. He added that the latest safety rating demonstrates the confidence that it has in its new and carry-over safety technologies and overall crashworthiness.

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