2010 Honda Insight - Safety
In addition to being environmentally responsible, the new Insight demonstrates a commitment to safety in its design and construction. The Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure helps protect occupants. Additional safety technologies include standard dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags, standard front-side and side-curtain airbags, 3-point seat belts with front seat automatic tensioning system, active front seat head restraints, an anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).
- Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
- Vehicle Stability Assist™ (exclusive to Insight EX)
- Pedestrian injury mitigation design elements in the front of the vehicle
- Standard dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags and front-side airbags with front passenger Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)
- Side curtain airbag system (front and rear)
- 3-point front seat belts with automatic tensioning system and load limiters
- 3-point rear seat belts
- Driver- and front-passenger Active Head Restraints
- Adjustable rear seat head restraints
- LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
- Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
- Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
The 2010 Insight features Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure technology which helps enhance the vehicle’s ability to absorb the energy of a frontal crash. The ACE™ body structure also helps minimize the potential for under-ride or over-ride during head-on or offset frontal collisions with a larger or smaller vehicle. It creates a network of fully integrated load-bearing elements in the front of the vehicle that helps attenuate peak impact forces by more evenly distributing them across a relatively large area in the front of the vehicle.
Unlike most conventional designs that direct frontal crash energy only to the lower load-bearing structures in the front end, the ACE™ body structure actively channels frontal crash energy to both upper and lower structural elements, including the floor frame rails, side sills and A-pillars. By engineering specific ‘pathways’ that help distribute these frontal impact forces throughout a greater percentage of the vehicle’s overall structure, the ACE™ body structure can more effectively route them around and away from the passenger compartment to help limit cabin deformation and further improve occupant protection. Integral to the ACE™ body structure concept is its unique front main structure composed of polygonal frame members.
Pedestrian injury mitigation design elements in vehicle front
The Insight is designed to help absorb energy in the event of a frontal collision with a pedestrian. Research by Honda shows that the following features can dramatically reduce the level of pedestrian injury in a collision.
1Impact energy-absorbing hood
Space is provided over engine room components to allow the hood to bend and deform, absorbing impact energy.
2Deformable hood hinges
The hood hinges are designed to deform easily.
3Impact energy-absorbing front fenders
The front fender mounts and brackets are designed to deform easily to help absorb impact energy.
4Deformable windshield wiper pivots
The wiper pivots are designed to deform and break away easily.
Standard dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags
Both the driver and front passenger are protected by advanced front airbags that incorporate dual-stage and dual-threshold activation technology. These features work together in the event of a deployment while helping minimize injuries sometimes caused by airbags. Honda’s sophisticated dual-stage, dual-threshold system is designed to optimize the deployment rate to match the severity of a crash event.
Front-side airbags with front passenger Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)
Side airbags mounted in the outboard area of each front seatback are designed to provide upper torso protection in the event of a severe side impact. In addition, the front passenger seat is equipped with an Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), an innovative system designed to deactivate the side airbag if a child or small-statured adult leans into the side airbag deployment path.
Side curtain airbag system
The side curtain airbag system is designed to rapidly deploy in the event of a side collision to help protect the heads and necks of occupants. The large airbag covers almost the entire side window area, utilizing a low-temperature, compressed gas inflator to inflate. No fewer than six sensors are used to detect side collisions and determine optimum timing for airbag deployment.
Honda’s safety R&D facilities
Honda operates two of the world’s most sophisticated crash test laboratories for the development of improved safety designs and technologies. The Tochigi, Japan facility is the world’s first indoor multi-directional car-to-car crash testing facility and plays a critical role in the development of enhanced designs for occupant and pedestrian safety and vehicle-to-vehicle compatibility. Honda R&D America’s Raymond, Ohio development center performs advanced testing on all U.S.-developed models. The facility features the world’s first pitching test sled, which aids efficiency by enabling economical and speedy crash-test simulations with certain interior safety components, such as seats and seatbelts, prior to conducting a crash test with an actual vehicle. It also features one of the world’s highest-resolution impact barriers, which enables precise measurement of the distribution of impact load forces on a vehicle, allowing for even more advanced vehicle designs.