At the point of impact, the seatbelt tensioner tightens to hold the occupant in place and then releases to decelerate the body more gently into the airbag. It also senses if a seatbelt is being worn and determines the point at which the airbag is deployed and with what force. The new Volvo estate will also be fitted with a system that alerts emergency services if an airbag is deployed. It will be offered on the car as an option in America when it goes on sale next year.
Safety image enhanced with new Volvo airbag system
26/10/1999 in NEWS