Pedestrian Airbag Technology to be offered as standard in all-new Volvo V40

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 25, 2012

Volvo is equipping the first pedestrian airbag in the world as a standard in its all-new V40, as the automaker aims to ensure that nobody gets injured or killed in a new Volvo by 2020. This innovative airbag is introduced a year after the company joined MPs and road safety specialists to create the blueprint in the United Kingdom for safer roads in the next decade with the launch of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety.

The automaker is a strategic partner of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS). In addition, the new Pedestrian Airbag will also aid in further lowering the number of fatalities involving pedestrians, currently 14% in the European region and 25% in China.

There are 1.3 million people killed annually on roads all over the globe. If this number, there are 24,510 individuals killed or seriously injured in the United Kingdom.

For 85 years now, safety has been Volvo's key priority. In 2008, the automaker introduced a one-of-a-kind target stating that by 2020, "nobody shall be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo".

In line with this goal, the automaker equipped the Pedestrian Airbag, Pedestrian Detection and City Safety, among other technologies. The Pedestrian Airbag technology was a first all over the world when the all-new Volvo V40 was introduced at the Geneva car show this year.

It will be offered as a standard feature to all specifications. The system is active at a speed range from 20 km/h to 50 km/h, considering that 75% of all accidents which involve pedestrians happen at a maximum speed of 40 km/h.

The most serious head injuries which involved vehicles and pedestrians are due to the hard structure below the bonnet, the A-pillars and the lower edge of the windscreen. These were the main areas that Volvo Car Corporation mulled over when commencing with the development of its Pedestrian Airbag Technology.

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