Safety for Everyone

The "Safety for Everyone" initiative introduced by American Honda in 2003 encompasses a comprehensive and evolving approach to vehicle to vehicle safety that seeks to provide a high level of occupant and pedestrian protection in Honda's cars and trucks, regardless of size or price, as well as increased crash compatibility with other vehicles.

Standard safety equipment for the Element and virtually every 2007 Honda vehicle (with the exception of one low volume specialty vehicle, the S2000) includes side curtain airbags, front side airbags with passenger-side OPDS, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), a pedestrian safety design, plus VSA for all light trucks.

"Honda is committed to leading the automotive industry by providing advanced safety technologies like side curtain airbags, ABS and much more as standard equipment on every vehicle regardless of size or price," said John Mendel, senior vice president of American Honda. "The Element demonstrates that Honda achieved the goals of the Safety for Everyone initiative on time and as promised."

The Element is equipped with dual-stage, dual-threshold supplemental restraint system (SRS) airbags for the driver and front passenger. These airbags are designed to minimize the potential for airbag injury while providing head and chest protection for the occupants in the event of a frontal collision. This front airbag system features front passenger seat weight sensors and a driver seat position sensor designed to further enhance occupant protection.

Seat-mounted front side airbags help safeguard the driver and front passenger from side-impact injury. An innovative Occupant Position Detection System is used to assure that the passenger's side airbag has a clear path for deployment. In the event a child (or a small-statured adult) leans into the deployment path of the side airbag, a seven-segment "antenna" system built within the seat back signals this condition to an electronic control unit (ECU) and the passenger's side airbag is switched off.

Both rows of occupants are protected by Honda's Side Curtain Airbag with rollover sensor system. The side curtain airbags deploy from modules in the roof in the event of a sufficient side impact, providing a significant level of head protection in the window area. In the unlikely event of a rollover, a roll rate sensor and multiple G sensors determine the rate of roll and deploy the side curtain airbags accordingly.

Both front seat belts have pre-tensioners and load limiters that work together to help protect the driver and front passenger in a collision. A LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child-seat mounting system is available for the two rear seat positions, allowing two outboard child seats to be installed. For pedestrian safety, the design features in the front of the vehicle can help absorb energy in the event of a collision with a pedestrian to help minimize injury.

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