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Safety

Holden logo9 Jan 2003

By MARTON PETTENDY

IN ADDITION to twin front airbags, SV8 gets belt force-limiting technology for 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 SV8, while Commodore's braking system offers a brake pressure proportioning valve. Falcon goes one better by offering electronic brake-force distribution.

Like all Commodores, SV8 offers five three-point seatbelts, plus height 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), child-proof rear door locking and a single central child restraint anchor.

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As with other Commodores, the SV8's 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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