2013 Chevrolet Cruze will get the flexible venting driver airbag

Article by Christian A., on December 19, 2012

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.

The build and design of the Chevrolet Cruze are characterized by its bold and aggressive face that includes the two-level grille and the famous Bowtie icon, Chevrolet’s iconic look globally. A curved roofline is connected to the fast-sloping rear pillars and sharply raked windshield to render the car a coupe-like and athletic proportion.

The sporty appearance of the Chevy Cruze can be also observed in the dominant housings of the headlamps that sweep towards the sculpted hood and fenders and surround the car’s corners. It also has a low rear deck that is commonly seen among sports coupes. The wheels are also built on the corners with reduced rear and front overhangs. All of the components and elements of the Chevrolet Cruze create an aggressive stance that is combined well with its confident appearance.

It is true that the Chevrolet Cruze has a longer and wider build than many of its rivals. Its strong and rigid framework expresses solidity and stability while the limited use of external trim improves the feel of its superior quality. Its general look truly is one of persistent precision.

Accuracy and precision can also be appreciated in the quality of the Chevrolet Cruze’s build. The body shop of the company’s assembly plant in Lordstown is equipped with the most advanced tools and resources in welding and body-framing to improve its development of an exceptional body structure. Its strong configuration allows less than or equal to 3 millimeter repeatable gap tolerances between exterior panels and minimum production variance. This simply shows customers that they’ll be able to get and keep an attractive car even after many years of usage.

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