External airbags set to make SUVs less deadly

September 2007
Automotive Engineer;Sep2007, Vol. 32 Issue 8, p47
Trade Publication
The article reports that Autoliv Inc. has developed two airbags to mitigate the effects of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) hitting pedestrians and passenger cars in the U.S. According to the company, the fatality risk for pedestrians is 2.5 times higher in SUV impacts than it is for regular cars. Crash data shows that the risk of death in such crashes is between 27 and 48 times higher in a passenger car than in another SUV.


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