Honda subsidiary expects to supply safety systems for 1 million GM vehicles

Yamaguchi, Yuzo
July 2005
Automotive News;7/25/2005, Vol. 79 Issue 6158, p24H
Trade Publication
This article reports that a Japanese company will supply General Motors Corp. (GM) with sensing technology for smart airbags in more than 1 million vehicles. GM is buying passenger-sensing systems from Honda Elesys Co. Ltd., the supplier says. The system can tailor the inflation of an airbag during a crash. Honda Elesys, a subsidiary of Honda Motor Co. Ltd., says its technology relies on a pad embedded under the seat cover to generate an electromagnetic field that can detect the size and weight of the seat occupant. The U.S. government mandated smart airbags after reports of deaths and injuries to children and small adults in the 1990s.


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