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Autoliv Cuts Airbag Weight By 30%

Autoliv’s latest airbag module, debuting in the ’09 Chevrolet Traverse, Saturn Outlook, Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, replaces rigid housings made from steel or plastic with a flexible textile material, cutting overall weight by 30% compared by the previous version.

Autoliv’s latest airbag module, debuting in the ’09 Chevrolet Traverse, Saturn Outlook, Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, replaces rigid housings made from steel or plastic with a flexible textile material, cutting overall weight by 30% compared by the previous version. The supplier says the lightweight new airbag design will help cut CO2 emissions, while providing easier installation and packaging because the fabric housing can be adapted to a variety of packing spaces. Other advantages include the fact that the soft fabric housing makes it easier to integrate into the instrument panel, prototype and production tooling needs can be cut, and prototype turnaround time drops from months to days. The design supports hard mounting to the back of the instrument panel and mounting to the “chute” walls on either side of the airbag.