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Smart fortwo Protects Its Passenger, According to ADAC Test

Clarissa September 20, 2012

It is just usual that when a small car crash with a big car, the smaller one get pressed hard – or so we thought.

In the standard crash test, vehicles with the same weight are being stimulted to collide with each other. However, the most recent ADAC test made four smaller vehicles crash into a vehicle as big as a lower end midsized car. Surprisingly, it showed that the smart car despite being the lightest and smallest vehicle, can avoid the most common injury – the life threatening injury in the chest.

According to Daimler’s website, they attribute the crash test success to these safety concepts:

  • The tridion safety cell protects its occupants like the hard shell around a nut. Its structure is additionally reinforced with high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel at strategically important points (more than 50 percent).
  • The tridion safety cell’s longitudinal and transverse members activate the crumple zone of the other vehicle involved in the accident and distribute the impact energy evenly over the car’s body.
  • And in case of a collision, the wheels also take on the function of crumple zones. When this happens, the front wheels are supported by the side members.
  • The rear-mounted engine enables a larger crumple zone at the front and acts as a shock-absorbing unit that absorbs the impact energy in a rebound.
  • Thanks to the sandwich-type construction of the tridion safety cell, the passengers are usually somewhat above the direct danger zone in the event of a side impact. Further, in the case of a side impact, the other vehicle almost always hits an axle that can absorb impact energy due to the relatively short wheelbase.
  • All interior trims have been optimised to prevent injuries to occupants. And the soft foam-backed lower instrument panel (knee pad) offers protection for the passengers’ knees and lower legs.
  • The door structure is reinforced by high-strength sheet metal at
    key points.
  • Other standard safety features in the smart fortwo are ESP with ABS and brake assist (BAS), wide track width, seat belts with belt tensioner and belt-force limiter, safety seats with integral seat belts, airbags.
  • Indeed, Bild newspaper’s comment ring true “only smart is smart.”

    Source: Daimler


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