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BIG news in the VY Commodore SS safety story is the fact Holden's performance flagship now comes with side-impact airbags as standard, in addition to twin front airbags.
Belt force-limiting technology has been added to the front seatbelts, which also feature pyrotechnic pretensioning, while structural floorpan improvements are claimed to reduce the risk of lower limb injury.
Four-channel ABS is standard on SS, while Commodore's braking system offers a brake pressure proportioning valve. Falcon goes one better by offering electronic brake-force distribution.
Like all Commodores, SS offers five three-point seatbelts, plus height and angle-adjustable front head restraints.
There is no centre rear head restraint and no front seatbelt height adjustment, while outboard rear occupants make do with non-adjustable head restraints integrated into the rear seatback.
Other standard safety features include an improved traction control system (switch pictured), a rear power window override switch (also pictured), child-proof rear door locking and a single central child restraint anchor.
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Did you know?As with other Commodores, the SS electronic system will go into emergency mode if the seatbelt pretensioners are triggered. In this mode the onboard computer turns the engine and fuel pump off, unlocks doors and illuminates the dome lamp
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