Even if you think automakers can't add any more airbags into a car's cabin, General Motors has managed to do that introducing new front center airbag. Engineered to keep the driver in place when a solo far-side impact occurs, the GM's new front center airbag also prevents passengers from bouncing off of one another in case the amount of passengers is bigger than one.
New device comes as standard equipment in such models, as GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Traverse, and Buick Enclave. The airbag is tethered nd tube-shaped, deploying from the driver's right side and positions itself in the center of the car.
According to GM, the analysis of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data showed that far-side impact crashes made 11 percent of the belted front passenger deaths in non-rollover accidents between 2004 and 2009. These deaths also represent 29 percent of all accidents in all side-impact crashes.
It was Automotive parts supplier Takata who co-operated with GM in designing the airbag during three years.