7/10/2015 Version 12.2 About the Author New Innovations In Safety By Bryan Norman 7/10/2015 Version 12.2 Subaru Bolsters Safety with New Features and Designs for 2015 At Subaru, we know driving enjoyment starts with security and peace of mind. Devotion to those principles drove the creation of our now-legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) vehicles with all-weather reliability, safety, and versatility. That strong focus on safety and security has continued to inform our designs ever since, producing tough, durable vehicles that offer wide visibility and superior drivability, with advanced safety technologies like occupant protection and automatic collision avoidance features. It’s what makes Subaru synonymous with safety. That determination is on full display this year, with new, innovative feature designs that will do even more to help keep you safe and sound on the road. Rare Air Subaru is arming two of its hottest-selling models, the Legacy and Outback, with an impressive eight airbags1 – and with a twist: a new airbag installed in the bottom of each front seat cushion. The first of their kind in a Subaru, the seat-cushion airbags take the place of dash-mounted knee airbags and deploy from the leading edge of the seat-bottom cushions, pushing the seat cushion up to keep front-seat occupants’ legs from impacting the dashboard – ultimately helping to protect the spine and pelvis. Ring Around the Subaru While many of a vehicle’s components and technologies combine to create a safer and more secure driving experience, Subaru knows that a rigid body is an overlooked and vital part of that experience. Subaru vehicles are already renowned for the high rigidity of their frames, which contributes greatly to the safety of the driver and passengers in a collision. The company’s new ring-shaped reinforcement frame concept, however, takes automotive frame design to an impressive new level. An advanced breakthrough in safety innovation, the center pillar, side pillars, body-side frames, and floor crossmember are positioned in a ring-like layout and are all connected to form a protective shell. This cage-like design encloses the vehicle’s cabin like a structural force field to offer the driver and passengers an even greater degree of safety in the event of a collision. A Perfect Balance Thanks to the orientation of the SUBARU BOXER engine, the new ring-shaped reinforcement frame design now features side frames that extend straight from the cabin to the bumpers, allowing the vehicle to absorb energy from frontal collisions more effectively than those with more traditional frame designs. These qualities all ensure that the ring-shaped reinforcement frame provides a balance between protecting against collisions and controlling energy dissipation, from any direction. The Lowdown on the Boxer Even the powertrain is designed with occupant protection in mind. The low center of gravity of the SUBARU BOXER engine allows the transmission and other components in the drivetrain to be positioned in a straight, symmetrical line. This design allows the engine to "submarine" – or slide under the floor of the cabin – during a frontal collision, further enhancing occupant protection. Keeping You Out of Harm’s Way To help achieve the ultimate goal of eliminating accidents, Subaru has devised crash-avoidance technologies designed to help drivers in many everyday situations. Electronic aids include Hill Start Assist, Blind Spot Detection2, Lane Change Assist2, Rear Cross Traffic Alert2, a Rearview Camera, and game-changing EyeSight Driver Assist Technology3. From advanced features that support you while driving, to innovative technologies that help prevent accidents, to groundbreaking designs that protect you in the event that a collision occurs, Subaru gives you the peace of mind to help you feel safe on the road. 1 Always wear seatbelts. Children should be properly restrained in the back seat. 2 Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are systems designed to assist the driver by monitoring the rear and side areas of the vehicle during a lane change or reversing and are not a substitute for safe and attentive driving. 3 EyeSight is a Driver Assist Technology which may not operate optimally under all driving conditions. The driver is always responsible for safe and attentive driving. System effectiveness depends on many factors such as vehicle maintenance, weather, and road conditions. See Owner’s Manual for complete details on system operations and limitations. Please remember to turn off EyeSight when going through a car wash.