Volvo rules out more external airbags

Last updated 12:21 21/11/2013

EXTRA SAFETY: Volvo will not include its pedestrian airbag beyond its V40 small car.

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Volvo's world-first pedestrian airbag technology - as seen on the V40 hatchback - won't be expanded to any other models.

Lex Kerssemakers, senior vice president of Volvo Cars product planning, said there would not be any further implementation of external airbags in any Volvo models.

"No," he says of the potential for more external airbags.

"I'm not even sure if we will continue with the bonnet, either," he says of the application for the potentially life-saving technology being fitted to cars such as the new-generation XC90 SUV.

He suggests that, because SUVs ride higher than hatchbacks, pedestrians have a softer landing on the bonnet in the event of an impact.

He says it's "most likely not" going to be fitted to any more cars "because it's not necessary".

"What's even more important is we're moving more and more to the active safety," he explains, indicating that camera and radar sensors that can brake the car automatically are the real way forward for Volvo.

"We'd rather have the car braking than the car hitting into something. Now we have our pedestrian and cyclist detection systems in the car, so it stops, rather than hitting.

"So we focus more on the active safety than passive, or increasing the amount of 'balloons'," he says.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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