TRW roof airbag production begins for Citroen C4 Cactus
TRW Automotive has begun roof airbag production, which is being fitted in Citroen C4 Cactus. Dirk Schultz, engineering director for TRW’s Inflatable Restraint Systems said, “Interior design requirements have evolved significantly over the last decade with some manufacturers looking for more instrument panel space for the latest multimedia technologies or a means of increasing storage, or are proposing more open and airy cockpit environments.
TRW’s new roof airbag system is a unique development and provides enhanced styling flexibility for future vehicle interior requirements in combination with excellent restraint performance.”
TRW’s new roof airbag unit comprises a cushion, a gas diffusion channel and a gas generator within a housing fixed onto (or beneath) the headlining above the windscreen. When it deploys, the bag unfolds along the windscreen in front of the seat occupant, insteda of towards them and helps restrain front seat passengers. It’s available with easy assembly and scope for standardization as some of the components are common to all TRW airbag applications.
The roof airbag’s new design concept also helps to enhance development efficiency – by eliminating the need to package a passenger airbag in the instrument panel, it can significantly reduce the development costs of the dashboard as there is no need to design and test a specific ‘door’ that opens with the airbag deployment. It is also functionally compatible with a wide range of vehicle architectures.
Thierry Metais, TRW global account director for PSA said, “We are proud to launch our roof airbag for the first time on this modern, striking new vehicle which marks a new era for the French brand. Our technology has helped to deliver a de-cluttered, more relaxing cabin environment while supporting restraint performance across the range of occupants.”