com Tip: Retractors, or retractor pre-tensioners
, are perhaps the most frustrating and common seatbelt complaint.
Harald Lutz, director engineering, TRW seat belt systems said 'The pyrotechnical seat belt pre-tensioner
has been an established product for nearly 30 years, but TRW has taken this concept to a new level.
The upgrade was deemed necessary after it was discovered that seatbelt pre-tensioners
and side-curtain air bags may not function properly during slow-developing rollovers", said the automaker in a statement.
The twho-wheel-drive Exclusiv FWD has anti-lock brakes, traction control, hill descent and hill start systems, front and side airbags up front, electric parking brake, power windows front and back, air conditioning, tyre repair kit, leather steering wheel, roof rails, heated side mirrors, seat belt pre-tensioners
The Kia Sportage buyers will find front, side and full-length curtain airbags with rollover sensor, front passenger airbag cut-off switch, active headrests, ABS, EBD, ESC with Downhill Brake Control (DBC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), adaptive brake lights, all-round three-point seatbelts with front-belt pre-tensioners
and load-limiters and ISOFIX child seat top tethers and anchor fixings all as standard across the European model range.
The front seats are also equipped with pyrotechnic safety belt pre-tensioners
and load limiters.
The Mini will have no air bags, no seatbelt pre-tensioners
and no side impact beams.
Additional features on Dynamique version of both vehicles include 15in alloy wheels, curtain airbags, electrically folding and adjustable heated door mirrors, electric rear windows, front fog lights, a leather steering wheel and gear knob, rear seatbelt pre-tensioners
on the outer rear seats, and Techno interior trim.
alloy wheels, four-wheel disc brakes with standard Bosch ABS, front seatbelt pre-tensioners
and force limiters, front seat-mounted airbags, full side curtain airbags, and KYB shocks for $14,770.
All models are fitted with a stability control system (ESP), active front head restraints, full-length curtain airbags and seat belt pre-tensioners
The five-door Kelisa comes with twin front airbags, side impact protection, seat belt pre-tensioners
, power steering and immobiliser.
While side airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners
are the only safety systems that offer protection to rear-seat occupants, their installation in rear seats continues to be insignificant.