Honda Safety : Real World Research


Honda continues to show its dedication to making the safest cars possible, as well as staying on the cutting edge of the latest automotive safety technology. Although all automakers must pass there vehicles through federal safety regulations, Honda’s commitment goes beyond that, as they focus on safety in real world situations.

In 2000, Honda opened the world’s first indoor multi-directional crash test safety facility, located their  major R&D center in Japan. In 2003, they added a new Automotive Safety Research Facility to our R&D center in Ohio. Two of the world’s most advanced indoor crash safety research facilities, these centers conduct a variety of tests to provide Honda with a deeper understanding of what happens in real world collisions as the basis for new technologies that advance safety.

Honda’s indoor crash test safety facility in Japan is as large as a major league baseball field. This enables Honda to conduct crash tests from a variety of directions, at varying speeds, and between vehicles of different sizes. It took Honda three years to create the world’s first “pitching sled test” at the new Automotive Safety Research Facility in Ohio. By simulating how a vehicle’s rear end lifts up in a frontal collision, they can better measure the real world performance of safety systems as a means to help minimize the danger of such collisions.

Honda’s safety research facilities are playing a critical role in our better understanding of collision dynamics and the development of new technologies that improve safety in the real world.  Aren’t you glad you drive a Honda?

Posted by amhAdmin on Jun 14 2012 in Safety Technology

Honda Leads Airbag Safety

In 1980, Honda made its first vehicle with an airbag available. This first front passenger air bag utilized a unique design mounted to the top of the dashboard, which deployed upward rather than directly at the passenger.

Honda also introduced the first system to sense when a child or small-statured adult in the front passenger seat is in the path of deployment of the side airbag, and to stop the airbag’s deployment until the occupant returns to a desirable position. Every Honda and Acura vehicle with front side airbags includes a standard Occupant Position Detection System for the passenger side to stop deployment of the airbag when a child or small-statured adult is in the path of deployment. This is not required by any regulation and is not even available on other automobiles.

Honda, today, continues to expand on the latest safety technologies by continually working to improve its airbags; Honda has created advanced airbags that offer high levels of occupant protection, just another way this automaker is making sure it can do its best when it comes to its occupants safety.

Posted by amhAdmin on Aug 7 2011 in Safety Technology

2012 Civic Named Top Safety Pick!

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the 2012 Civic Sedan a “2011 Top Safety Pick,” based on more stringent standards implemented in 2010. The Civic Sedan received top ratings in each category including frontal offset, side impact and rear impact crash safety tests and the new roof-strength test.

All 2012 Civic vehicles utilize the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure. ACE is an exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. The ACE design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment. Standard safety equipment includes Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control; an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); side curtain airbags; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; a driver’s front side airbag; and a front passenger’s side airbag with an occupant position detection system.

Posted by amhAdmin on Jul 17 2011 in Safety Technology