Car reviews - Holden - Barina - 5-dr hatch
26 Nov 2001
IT MIGHT look similar to its predecessor, however, the new Barina has an all-new body structure which Holden claims has a 33 per cent increase in torsional rigidity and improved energy absorption properties. High-strength steel side rails aim to assist in side-impact collisions, while a new chassis subframe serves as an additional collision load path. The seatbelts now have belt-force limiters, which instantly act to reduce loads (or pressure) on the upper body, in addition to pyrotechnic pretensioners and sash height adjustment. Dual airbags are standard on both the standard three-door and five-door models, however, anti-lock brakes are unavailable. New "active" anti-whiplash headrests are used for front occupants however the rear seats do not offer head restraints.
Did you know?Holden responded to criticism of its use of a lap belt for the centre rear position on Barina and all models now have three-point seatbelts throughout
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