LIVONIA, MI – Thirty of the 2008-model-year vehicles that have earned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) five-star rating in side-impact crash tests feature TRW's side or curtain airbags. These 30 vehicles range in size from compact cars to full-sized pick-up trucks and SUVs.
The NHTSA side-collision impact crash test measures the performance of the vehicle and restraint system in the event of a side-impact collision. Five stars is the highest rating a vehicle can achieve.
TRW's curtain airbag system can help protect up to three rows of passengers in side and rollover accidents. When coupled with a rollover sensor and TRW's unique cold gas inflator, the curtain airbag can help protect passengers in a rollover accident for up to six seconds. TRW produces a variety of seat mounted side-impact airbag configurations, including head, thorax, and pelvic bags, as well as integrated side airbag modules, which combine these configurations into one vehicle system. A third option is side curtain airbags, which inflate downward from the vehicle's roof.