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This shows an overlay of how the dual depth airbag deploys according to an occupant’s size.

Safety Techniques for U.S. NCAP Requirements

In preparing vehicle manufacturers to meet 2011 model year safety requirements from the U.S.

In preparing vehicle manufacturers to meet 2011 model year safety requirements from the U.S. New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), TRW Automotive (trw.com) has developed an occupant restraint simulation technique to assess the impact of a crash on a 5th percentile occupant. TRW’s dual depth airbag operates through a Tether Activation Unit (TAU) and deploys according to the occupant’s size, belted condition, seat position, and severity of the crash. Changes to the NCAP star rating for 2011 MY vehicles include a new method of injury criteria evaluation for the side impact test program and roll-over rating, as well as a new program to promote crash avoidance technologies.