The new airbag design which has been designed to offer better protection in a wide range of frontal collision scenarios will be implemented into new Honda vehicles in the United States by 2020.

Unlike most conventional airbags that rely on a single inflatable compartment, the new system inflates in three separate areas which when deployed operates like something of a baseball catcher’s mitt – in the words of Honda.

The centre “sail panel” is responsible of catching, cushioning and decelerating the occupant’s head by allowing them to “sink in”; cradling and protecting the head from potential injury.

In collisions that causes the occupants head to rotate severely or slide of the airbag, the new airbag design looks to reduce the chances of serious injury.