Toyota Aiming for Safer Vehicles

by : Joe Ratzkin

There are different ways that could result to death, if not due to old age, illness, murder, suicide then people are likely to be killed in motor vehicle accidents. This is also the very reason why car manufacturers are working hard to reduce casualties from accidents by placing crumple zones, safety cells, and of course driver/passenger airbags to increase protection. And so far these measures have been quite successful in lowering down the number of deaths and serious injuries for both front and rear collisions.

According to recent studies, nearly three quarters of serious side collisions end up in head and upper body injuries-these are the very same injuries that Toyota is trying to prevent. The second-world largest automaker has fitted their vehicles with side-impact airbags and curtain shield airbags which are offered as standard features for Japanese passenger cars. The automaker believes that such features reduces death due to side impacts by as much as 37 percent which is not bad considering the number of accidents that happen on the road everyday.

Toyota the maker of has also recently announced that all of its new models that are to be launched soon including all the new passenger vehicle models in Japan would come equipped with side-impact reducing SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) side airbags for front seats and SRS curtain shield airbags.

In case of side collisions, an SRS side airbag that is placed into the front seat is triggered reducing the risk of upper body injury for front seat occupants. Similarly, the SRS curtain shield airbags that are located between the front pillars and the roof-side rails are also triggered protecting the sides of all occupants' heads by forming a curtain-like barrier. This reduces the impact from the side windows, pillars and other internal objects and even from external objects that may struck the vehicle.

A study conducted in the United States has cited SRS side airbags and SRS curtain shield airbags as effective features in vehicles in reducing casualties from side collisions. These safety features reduces death by 37 percent. In Japan, such safety features have been able to lessen serious injuries to the head and upper body as well as death by 73 percent.

To further lessen injuries Toyota has been equipping a wide range of its vehicles with new airbags including SRS side airbags for the Celsior which was first launched in August of 1996. It has also introduced the world's first ever SRS curtain shield airbags for the ProgrÃ?s model which was launched in May of 1998.

To further its efforts, Toyota is planning to increase its traffic safety initiatives by developing safer vehicles and technologies, participating in the development of a safe traffic environment and promoting or sponsoring activities that will educate people in traffic safety which the automaker believes is also important in reducing road casualties.