Hyundai First Roof Air Bag Nears Market Readiness

Hyundai claims it is near to bringing the world’s first roofline passenger airbag system to market.

Its standalone component supply company, Hyundai Mobis, is now engaged in production assessments of the technology it hopes to bring to global automakers in the near future. Its roof airbag, specifically targeting vehicles with panoramic full length sun roofs, is deployed under the surface side of the vehicle in a rollover accident, covering the entire roof in just 0.08 seconds. It claims to be able to protect car occupants from collision with the roof and also prevent passengers from being ejected from any sunroof fitted to the vehicle.

The company has been automotive airbags since 2002 and its new roof airbag has undergone safety evaluation tests by the US’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Last January, NHTSA gave a presentation on the Status of NHTSA’s Roof Ejection Mitigation Research at 2020 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) government and industry meeting and disclosed the evaluation results.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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