Too Much Safety? “Never!” Chevy Exclaims With the Debut of the Front Center Airbag

GM’s New Front Center Airbag (left) vs. no airbag (right)… The dummy with the airbag looks pretty comfy and ready for a nap.

We’ve come a long way since the invention of the airbag. Back when GM Called them “Air Cushion Restraint Systems” (ACRS)  and offered only a driver and passenger front airbag in the ’70’s. Now we have Front, Side Torso, Side Curtain, Knee, Rear Curtain, and even a Seatbelt airbags. Isn’t that enough? Well, ask yourself; “If I were to get in an accident, would I want as much protection coming my way as possible?” If you think the answer would be “Yes” then there’s good news, even more protection will be available thanks to a three-year development recently realized by GM.

GM has just debuted the first ever “Front Center” Airbag which deploys from the right side of the driver’s seat and acts as a barrier between the passenger and the driver. This barrier protects both individuals from banging and bumping each others heads during a collision as well as significantly reduces the amount of sway the drivers head will travel to the right making whiplash less likely. 
*quick fact* It takes about 0.04 seconds for the entire deployment and inflation process of an airbag.

GM plans to make the new airbag standard on their 2013 vehicle lineup of models like the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia.

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