TRW begins production of roof airbags for Citroën

  • 03-Apr-2014 12:21 EDT

TRW says its "bag in roof" technology is functionally compatible with a wide range of vehicle architectures.

A new occupant-protection technology from TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. has the passenger-seat airbag deploying from the headliner instead of the dashboard. It is being launched on the Citroën C4 Cactus. The supplier says the new "bag in roof" technology is functionally compatible with a wide range of vehicle architectures and allows for improved interior aesthetics, ergonomics, and functionality while freeing up space in the dashboard for multimedia offerings or additional storage. It is a "unique development and provides enhanced styling flexibility for future vehicle interior requirements in combination with excellent restraint performance," said Dirk Schultz, Engineering Director for TRW's Inflatable Restraint Systems. The airbag unit comprises a cushion, a gas diffusion channel, and a gas generator within a housing fixed onto (or beneath) the headliner above the windscreen. Upon deployment, the bag unfolds along the windscreen in front of the occupant, rather than toward him. The product offers easy assembly with opportunities for standardization, as some of the components are common to all TRW airbag applications, according to the company. TRW also claims the system also improves development efficiency by eliminating the need to design and test a specific 'door' that opens with the airbag deployment.

HTML for Linking to Page
Page URL
Rate It
4.75 Avg. Rating

Read More Articles On

Designers are envisioning new looks for vehicle interiors, as in-vehicle connectivity and electrified powertrains usher in the autonomous driving age. As more EVs enter the marketplace with battery packs housed underneath the cabin floor, the door opens to a new era of interiors.
The technology uses multiple foils with multiple messages and an LED light source. Each specific message is burned onto the holographic film through a photographic process.
Statistics may point to human fallibility being the cause of almost all road accidents, but the switch to a connected robotic environment must ultimately deliver every nano-second of every day on the promise of a guaranteed near-total safety highway environment. Today’s grudging acceptance by the global public of the inevitability of deaths and injuries on the road will not continue in a driverless environment.
Jaguar launches I-Pace electric crossover at 2018 Geneva motor show

Related Items

Training / Education
Training / Education
Technical Paper / Journal Article
Technical Paper / Journal Article
Training / Education