Safety Heritage

Honda is focused on improving safety in the real world, not merely meeting government regulations.
The first Honda front passenger airbag in the 1980s utilized a unique design mounted to the top of the dashboard, which deployed upward rather than directly at the passenger.
In 2000, Honda opened the world's first indoor multi-directional crash-test safety facility, located within our major R&D center in Japan. And in 2003, we added an Automotive Safety Research Facility to our R&D center in Ohio. Two of the world’s most advanced indoor crash-safety research facilities, these centers conduct a variety of tests to provide Honda with a deeper understanding of what happens in real-world collisions as the basis for new technologies that advance safety.

Why did Honda create the world's largest indoor crash test facility?

The Honda indoor crash test safety facility in Japan is as large as a major league baseball field. This enables Honda to conduct crash tests from a variety of directions, at varying speeds, and between vehicles of different sizes. This multi-directional test capability is key to better understanding, designing for, and protecting against the consequences of real-world collisions.

Honda also introduced a system to sense when a child or small-statured adult in the front-passenger seat is in the path of deployment of the side airbag, and to stop the airbag's deployment until the occupant returns to a desirable position.

As of 2008, every row of a Honda vehicle had the protection of side curtain airbags to better protect the outboard occupant's head and neck and cover the side windows in a sufficiently severe side impact.
Designed with smart-fold technology, the side curtain airbags deploy along the window in an effort to avoid out-of-position passengers.

For model year 2012, an advanced Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) system [1] was made standard on every Honda model. During an understeer or oversteer condition, it can brake individual wheels and/or reduce engine power to help restore your intended course.


[1] VSA is not a substitute for safe driving. It cannot correct the vehicle's course in every situation or compensate for reckless driving. Control of the vehicle always remains with the driver. .

The Honda Innova Fairfax Hospital CIREN Center in Virginia provides data about motor vehicle collisions to help us better simulate what happens in the real world.
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