Vehicle Safety Technology Innovations

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has began utilizing its 5-star Safety Ratings System on 2011 vehicle models. Their report highlights that new enhanced technology is allowing more stringent testing and could in fact be leading to safer cars. New high-tech vehicle safety features can begin to help drivers avoid automobile accidents altogether.

Several 2011 model cars come equipped with crash avoidance technology. Various 2011 model cars feature electronic stability control, which helps to maintain vehicle control. Similarly, some newer cars come equipped with lane departure warning which helps to monitor lane markings and can in turn caution the driver of any lane drifts. Another new feature is the forward collision warning, which detects vehicles and warns the drive of impending collisions.

Aside from crash avoidance technology, several newer cars are also featuring crash protection technology. Newer advanced head restraints protect the head and neck from potential crash-related injuries. Similarly, now advanced frontal air bags do a better job of protecting both the driver and passenger’s head, neck and chest. Side air bags and safety curtains shield side crashes by blocking the occupant’s pelvis, chest, neck and head. Perhaps the most innovative update is the safety belt load limiter and the seat belt pretensioner. Together, they work to absorb crash energy and to tighten to restrain occupants based on perceived size and weight.

To see the top safety picks for 2011 or to determine how safe your current car is, visit

Researching and purchasing a safe car that has crash avoidance and crash protection technology can help safeguard drivers from accidents. However, your preparation will not safeguard you from the negligence of others. If you are injured through the reckless conduct of another, you should immediately contact a Missouri injury lawyer for education on your rights. For information pertaining to a Missouri personal injury, contact Christopher Dixon at 314.409.7060, or toll-free at 855.402.7274.


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