How Honda is Leading the Market in Vehicle Safety

March 28th, 2013 by

Honda Accord Safety TestHonda vehicles have long been known for their remarkable longevity and dependability, as well their attention to passenger safety. Creating better safety technology has been always been apart of Honda’s vehicle development process. Thanks to this hard work, ten Honda vehicles are recognized by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as either Top Safety Picks or Top Safety Pick+. This recognition comes even in spite of increased evaluation standards instituted by the IIHS.

The Danger of a Small Overlap Crash

While it sounds diminutive, a small front end overlap crash is much more dangerous than a full front on collision. The crash occurs when only one small part of the front end makes contact with an obstacle, such as another vehicle, a pole, a tree, or a structure. All of this crash force is concentrated into a much smaller area rather than if the whole front end made contact. Imagine the difference between punching a wall head on and just punching the corner.

This type of crash posed a longtime dilemma for vehicle engineers and designers. Classic crash tests posed no problem for most vehicles, but when met with IIHS’s new small overlap crash, many of these vehicles folded so drastically that the driver or front passenger would have been pinned.

Honda recently introduced a new Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, named ACE II. Built from high-grade steel, the ACE II is designed to better redistribute crash energy over the entirety of the front end, regardless of crash type. This also keeps cabin relatively intact, making it easier for the driver to escape.

More Than Just a Tough Frame

Your car’s body, seatbelts, and airbags are ideally the last measure to protect you in the event of an accident. Honda vehicles are equipped with a wide range of preventative safety systems that keep you an your families out of danger. Available systems include:

  • Vehicle stability assist
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Tire pressure monitoring system

To learn more about the different safety options that Honda has to offer, feel free to stop by Middletown Honda or contact the sales team.

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