Airbags work with seat belts to reduce the risk of severe head and chest injuries in the event of an accident. If the crash sensors register an impact that exceeds the value needed to trigger the airbags, the airbag control ignites the gas generator.
This inflates the airbags, located in the steering wheel and the dashboard in front of the front-seat passenger, within 30 to 40 milliseconds. When inflated, these airbags cushion the head and upper body and distribute the resulting loads over as large an area as possible. Just 120 milliseconds later, the gas escapes and the airbag collapses.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Our Electronic Stabilisation Control detects critical situations at an early stage and takes action to stop skidding and help bring your car safely back under control. It uses sensors to monitor the progress of your wheels.
If they start to slip, ESC takes over by applying the brakes to one or more wheels and reducing engine power if necessary. ESC links to your car's electronic systems, such as the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) and Engine Braking Control (EBC). It has sensors on the wheels and steering wheel, plus a yaw movement sensor.
ESC plays a further role, using Electronic Differential Lock and Traction Control to help correct oversteer, understeer, and loss of stability of the car. The result is optimum traction when rounding bends.
Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
Just under a quarter of all accidents resulting in personal injury involve more than one collision. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System from Volkswagen can help prevent follow-on collisions or mitigate their severity.
The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System automatically initiates braking after a collision, within the system's limits, even before the driver has had time to react. The severity of the accident can thus be reduced and follow-on collisions prevented under ideal conditions. The driver is able to regain control of the car at any time.
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Skidding is one of the major causes of accidents. In the past, the only way to stop wheels locking and avoid skidding was to 'cadence brake'- applying and releasing the brake quickly to prevent prolonged wheel lock and maintain control of the car.
Thanks to ABS, we can now brake far more safely. Using advanced electronics, ABS detects when a wheel is about to lock - and automatically releases and reapplies the brakes to prevent a skid.
With ordinary brakes, if the front wheels lock, they will not follow the steered path, so no matter how hard you turn your steering wheel, nothing happens. That's when you lose control of your car. But ABS prevents the wheels from locking, so you can steer to safety.
Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS)
Found in all Volkswagen models, ICRS is designed to help keep you safe in the event of an accident. Should a collision occur that causes the airbags to deploy and ICRS is activated.
ICRS will automatically unlock all the doors, disable the fuel pump, and turn on the hazard lights.
To further enhance your safety, we include crumple zones at the front and rear of the shell. Crumple zones are designed to absorb impact energy during a collision so that most of the energy is dissipated across these zones, and not in your passenger compartment. The strong outer shell comes with front and rear crumple zones that help to absorb the impact of a crash, increasing the safety of occupants.
The occupant cell is the space in your car containing the driver and passengers. It forms a rigid safety cage and in contrast to the crumple zones of the car body, it is not easily deformed. It is designed to protect the survival space of occupants in accidents up to a certain severity of impact. We use measures such as crash tests to continually improve the safety of our occupant cells.
ISOFIX child seat
ISOFIX is Volkswagen technology that is now an international standard to ensure your child's car seat is fitted easily and securely.
The ISOFIX child seat fixes directly into compatible fittings in your car, creating a secure link with no need to use the adult seatbelts. Studies have shown many child car seats are not fitted properly. With ISOFIX, securing your child's car seat properly is much easier, reducing the risk of injury in an accident.
Proactive Occupant Protection System
The proactive occupant protection system is a typical example of a technology transferred from the luxury class to the compact segment. If the system identifies a potential hazard, for example if brakes are activated and an emergency stop is initiated, the driver's and front passenger's seat belts are tightened automatically to ensure the best possible protection by the airbag/belt systems. If an extremely critical unstable driving situation such as severe oversteer or understeer with ESC intervention occurs, the side windows (apart from a slight crack) are also closed automatically.