In The Future There May Be Airbags In The Sunroof Of Cars

In the event of a car rollover, one day airbags may deploy across the length of the car, covering the roof inside from the back all the way to the front.

By David A. Wood, Posted in News.

Sunroof airbags aren’t something you see even with the most expensive mass-produced vehicles equipped with panoramic sunroofs, but that may change if a South Korean company gets its way.

Hyundai Mobis, a company that employs 30,000 people and has been in business since 1977, is working on an airbag system that would prevent occupants from being ejected through the sunroofs in rollover crashes.

The company says the sunroof airbag will be placed inside the sunroof and will deploy from the rear to the front of the vehicle. Photos show the airbag looks similar to the curtain airbags used to protect occupants in side crashes and rollover incidents.

The sunroof airbag won’t need to deploy during an impact to the side of a vehicle, so sensors are used to detect the turning angle of the vehicle in a rollover crash.

Hyundai Mobis says the airbag will deploy like other vehicle airbags, namely by using an inflator, a somewhat scary word to use nowadays because of Takata airbag inflators filled with the explosive chemical ammonium nitrate that has killed and injured hundreds of car occupants.

Future Airbags In The Sunroof Of Cars

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