Pretty well-known as the safest or rather the ‘hardest’ car since forever, Volvo is planning to take its reputation to another level by setting a new goal; “No-one should be killed or injured in a new Volvo by 2020”. As part of the goal, the new Volvo V40‘s pedestrian air-bag is created to reduce the risks of head injuries.

The safety system comprises of seven sensors mounted in the front end of the car that transmit signals to a control unit which evaluates them and when necessary. When a crash is detected, the rear end of the bonnet raises by 10cm through the use of pyrotechnic release mechanisms and deploys an air-bag protecting the ‘victim’ involved. The system is active at speeds between 20km/h and 50 km/h.

“We are proud to be able to offer a car with an airbag for pedestrians,” says Thomas Broberg, Senior Technical Advisor Safety at Volvo Car Corporation. “The purpose of the airbag is to help protect pedestrians in certain situations when they impact the bonnet and the area around the windscreen wiper recess and A-pillar, where there may be a risk of serious head injuries.”

“The airbag has two functions,” explains Broberg. “Firstly, it raises the bonnet to create distance, and secondly it cushions the impact around the hard parts of the area near the windscreen.”

Learn more about how this brilliant feature works from the videos below.


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