Honda's very first front passenger air bag in the 1980s, utilized a unique design mounted to the top of the dashboard, which deployed upward rather than directly at the passenger. The Center for Auto Safety praised this front passenger airbag design as "a blueprint on how to design better airbag systems." In 1991, Honda became the first company to commit to install driver and front passenger airbags as standard equipment on all models well before the federally mandated requirements.
As of 2008, every row of a Honda or Acura vehicle* has the protection of side curtain airbags to better protect the outboard occupant’s head and neck and cover the side windows in a sufficiently severe side impact.
Designed with "smart fold" technology, Honda's side curtain airbags deploy along the window in an effort to avoid out-of-position passengers.
*Except Honda S2000.
|Every Honda and Acura vehicle with front side airbags includes a standard Occupant Position Detection System for the passenger side to stop deployment of the airbag when a child or small-statured adult is in the path of deployment. This is not required by any regulation and is not even available on other automobiles.|