GM introduces industry’s first front center air bag

General Motors announced today that it will introduce the industry’s first front center air bag. The air bag is an inflatable restraint that will help protect drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes where the affected occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle.

The front center air bag will be first introduced on the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, and Chevrolet Traverse midsize crossovers in the 2013 model year. It will be standard safety feature.

“The front center air bag is not required by federal regulation, and no other air bag in passenger vehicles today offers the type of restraint and cushioning this air bag is designed to provide for front occupants,” said Scott Thomas, senior staff engineer in GM’s advanced restraint systems.

The air bag deploys form the right side of the driver’s seat and positions itself between the front row seats near the center of the vehicle.

– By: Omar Rana