Cerveau à bord

Votre cerveau est la caractéristique de sécurité la plus importante de votre véhicule.

Cerveau à bord

Votre cerveau est la caractéristique de sécurité la plus importante de votre véhicule.

Coussins gonflables

Un changement de marque visuel est en cours pour ces ressources.

You are driving to work on a sunny morning. The drive takes you through a busy intersection where there is rarely a break in oncoming, left-turning traffic. Drivers wishing to turn left often end up accelerating dangerously to try to squeeze through small gaps between oncoming vehicles. As you approach the intersection heading straight, you see an oncoming car waiting to turn left. The left-turning car accelerates and attempts the turn just as you enter the intersection. You slam on the brakes but there is not enough time to stop and the front of your car hits the passenger side of the other vehicle. You feel your seatbelt tighten and hear a loud sound as the driver airbag opens. Both safety features do their job, and you are able to walk away from the crash with little more than a few bruises. You know that if you had hit the windshield or steering column, the outcome would have been much worse.

In the event of a crash, airbags offer added protection to the most vulnerable parts of the human body: the head, neck, and chest. Airbags work with the seatbelt to lessen and safely distribute the various forces that act on vehicle occupants when they are involved in a collision.


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