Volvo has always been at the forefront of vehicle safety. Over the years, traditional air bags have helped save millions of lives. Volvo decided they could save pedestrians lives also, which is why they are introducing the NEW V40 Volvo with outside/external pedestrian airbags.
Interestingly enough most pedestrian accidents happen at speeds under 40km/h, which is why Volvo has taken worldwide statistics involving pedestrian collisions into consideration. With this research and dedication to safety they have created the first vehicle that will protect pedestrians with external airbags.
This new system compliments Volvos already implemented Pedestrian Detection system. The Pedestrian Detection system prevents pedestrian collisions at speeds up to 35km/h, with full auto brake capabilities. This is why Volvo was so excited to introduce the external airbag, as it works with the Pedestrian Detection system; pedestrian safety is incredibly important. According to Volvos research, 12 percent of all traffic fatalities include pedestrians. The external airbag is located in the wiper recess and covers the lower portion of the windshield and A-Pillars. When deployed the rear hood raises 4 inches. There are 7 sensors at the front of the vehicle that deploy if it detects the presence of something the size & shape of a human leg. This deployment takes only a few hundredths of a second and when combined with the 4 inch space the hood raises, it is designed to cushion the impact of a human body, reducing the chance of any serious injury.
Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers applauds Volvo for being proactive and taking the initiative to not only protect the drivers but also pedestrians. It is encouraging to see that car companies are investing in public safety beyond its drivers.