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Honda and Volvo make design changes to protect pedestrians

During vehicle-pedestrian collisions, the ones who really get the much needed protection are the passengers occupying the unit. Airbags, seatbelts and dashboards are some of the safety systems developed to lessen the risk of injuries and fatalities during crashes. However, for pedestrians, their only safety is their abilities to sense incoming danger and make the necessary moves to avoid getting hit by an oncoming vehicle.

In fact, over 4,000 fatalities and 70,000 injured persons due to pedestrian accidents are being reported in the United States every year. Victims are usually hit on their legs and thrown onto the hood, and their bodies slide until their heads hit onto windshield-wiper arms or the windshields, or even both.

This has moved US regulators to consider rules or incentives to increase the rate of survivability in pedestrian accidents. Carmakers are making their moves too. Honda Motor Co. and Volvo Cars are some carmakers making design changes that would also protect pedestrian from injuries or fatalities in case of accidents.

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