Vehicle Safety Systems

GM strives to make each new model safer than the one it replaces.

Every new Holden incorporates a range of carefully engineered safety systems which combine to serve two basic purposes.

Active safety systems are designed to help you avoid a crash in the first place. Passive safety systems are there to help protect you from injury if a crash is unavoidable.

Simple common sense and statistics tell us that a car's crash avoidance capability benefits drivers and passengers far more often than protective features such as a strong body structure, airbags and seat belts.

Here we use the Holden Commodore to explain how vehicle safety systems are designed and how they work.

Active safety - features and demonstration

Up to 200 times a second - that's how often the Holden's active safety systems monitor on-road dynamics. Everything from the vehicle's speed, lateral acceleration and rotation, to the steering wheel angle and brake force you apply. When normal tolerances are exceeded, one or more of the following systems initiate integrated - non-intrusive - counter measures to help ensure you retain maximum control of the vehicle.

Passive safety - features and demonstration

A collision is a contest between impact energy and your vehicle's safety features. You want everything possible on your side. That's why we introduced Holden's Adaptive Occupant Restraint System - which includes dual-stage front airbags, side and curtain airbags - as well as multiple load paths to help channel impact energies and a safety cell reinforced with ultra high strength steel.

Safety cell, crumple zones and load paths

The body structure is designed to maximise energy absorption during a crash and minimise potential intrusion into the passenger safety cell, which is strategically reinforced with steel up to seven times stronger than normal.

Impact energy in frontal and rear impacts is absorbed by crumple zones and channelled away from occupants via multiple load paths. Main load paths for side impact are ultra high-strength centre pillars, cross beams, door intrusion beams and centre roof bar.