Happy Throw-back Thursday and the day after Hump Day from Kaufman Law! We are one day closer to Friday, and what better way to start off your morning than to talk about another vehicle that will help you survive in a collision? Today we are featuring the infamous Honda Odyssey, from a make that is one of the most highly regarded and most supported, for a reason! After reading through several reviews of Honda, you will start to notice a common theme-Honda is raved as having a wealth of integrity in their vehicle designs, excellent fuel economy, a knack for out-lasting most vehicles in every given model class, and most importantly, for their impeccable attention to safety.
In fact, a recent article in the AJC discussed a wreck involving a Chrysler Sebring, a Toyota Camry, and a Honda Civic, in which an underage driver lost control of the Chrysler Sebring, crossed the median, and was hit by the Honda Civic at "a high rate of speed". The Toyota Camry then hit the Civic from behind. The outcome of this crash involved the death of the Sebring's passenger and serious injuries of the driver, but the Civic's and Camry's drivers and passengers both had small, non life-threatening injuries. Although the Sebring driver was reckless and traveling at a high speed rate, his larger vehicle was overtaken by a considerably smaller Honda sedan, which protected its occupants from both a front and rear-end collision! Honda's reputation for always putting safety first is no doubt demonstrated by this wreck. Read the full article here.
Now let's take a look at Honda's mini-van, which was featured as one of nine top safety vehicles that reported no vehicular deaths per one million users inthis article.
Honda lists a whopping 15 safety features of the Odyssey, by far the most safety features out of all of the nine vehicles that are featured in AJC's article from the study discussed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:
1. Multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines: The rear-view camera seen from the dashboard guides the driver into parking spaces with extra precision.
2. Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure: In frontal collisions, this frame design evenly distributes energy around the vehicle instead of through it. This design enables the passenger to be protected as well as the other vehicle(s) involved in a collision-this body structure system has the capability to distribute the impact of a wreck evenly among other vehicles, essentially protecting both the vehicle's own passengers and others.
3. Anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, and active head restraints: Honda's braking system pulsates the brakes to prevent wheel lock-up and the Electronic Brake Distribution system balances forces of heavy braking between the front and back. Daytime running lights enhance the visibility of the vehicle to other vehicles, while its head restraints move upward and forward so that neck injury risks are reduced in the event of a rear-end collision.
4. Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags (SRS): These front-end airbags are all equipped with the smart technology to inflate at different rates depending on the intensity of the impact, and they support the seat belts by helping to reduce head and upper body injury risks. The Smart Vent front side airbags, in addition, deploy and inflate quickly in the event of an acute collision, which helps protect a front passenger from personal injury, as well as venting before maximum inflation in order to decrease the risk of injury related to the airbag.
5. Forward Collision Warning (FCW): Available on the more expensive models, this front-end camera, which is located at the top of the windshield, picks up vehicles that are in front, and warns the driver with audio and visual alerts.
6. Front 3-Point seat belts with automatic tensioning system: Honda's seat belts are designed to automatically increase or decrease tension depending on the driver's movements.
7. Lane Departure Warning (LDW): Audio and visual alerts resonate to the driver if the driver changes lanes without indication. A front small camera is positioned on the front windshield that tracks lane markings.
8. Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) and three-row side curtain airbags with rollover sensor: These models are available with up to five child seat-compatible anchors and tethers to maximize protection for all passengers in the front and rear, as well as airbags that deploy based on information from a sensor that monitors the rate of a collision impact, especially in the case of a possible impending rollover.
9. Tire pressure monitoring system and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control: The tire pressure monitoring system keeps tabs on all four tires and alerts the driver if pressure from any given tire becomes lower than the standard threshold. VSA monitors the driver's intended travel path and acts to keep the vehicle on that path by detecting oversteer, understeer, and braking individual wheels.
This is a pretty impressive basic list of safety technology that incorporates quality over quantity. Some super safe vehicles arguably contain so many advanced safety features that the car almost drives itself or can confuse the driver of how to properly use the technology system. Honda uses a balanced system of technology and crash test-proven methods to provide a high-standard safety experience in addition to a fun driving experience. See all that the Odyssey has to offer here.
Come back and read our blog tomorrow for number five!