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New airbag structure from Toyoda Gosei

Donut-shaped bag cradles and holds the head to reduce rotation.

28th July 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Kiyosu, Japan

Transport/​Aerospace, Protective

Toyoda Gosei, headquartered in Kiyosu, Japan, has developed a driver-side airbag with a new structure that can more safely protect the occupant.

It has been introduced on the new Honda Civic that was launched in North America in June 2021.

Loaded in the centre of the steering wheel, driver-side airbags inflate during frontal collisions to mitigate the impact on the driver’s head and chest.

In order to more safely protect the occupant during angled frontal collisions, the new airbag uses an innovative donut-shaped structure to cradle and hold the head, to reduce rotation.

This will help to meet the requirements of new car assessment programmes in North America and elsewhere that are expected to become stricter in the coming years.

Toyoda Gosei says it continues to develop and supply airbags that correspond to the increasingly diverse postures of vehicle occupants during autonomous driving, contributing to safer and more secure vehicle interior spaces.

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