Car reviews - Mazda - 323 - Astina 1.6 5-dr hatch
6 Feb 2001
By P TIBBLES
A DRIVER'S airbag is standard in the 1.6-litre Astina, while the 1.8 version gets dual airbags. All outboard passengers have lap-sash seatbelts and adjustable headrests, however the centre rear makes do with an inferior lap belt only. Up front, the seatbelts are height adjustable but sadly do not have pretensioners. Like all passenger cars in the family, the body is designed in accordance with Mazda's Advanced Impact-energy Distribution and Absorption System and incorporates a rigid triple-H structure. In accordance with US head impact regulations, ribbed material is utilised in the front and centre pillar trim lining. Shock-absorbing pads are also concealed in the roof liner. The steering column features new mounting arrangement to ensure driver's airbag provides maximum protection in the event of a collision. Safety in a side-on collision aided by impact bars and rear door catcher pins.
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Did you know?The front pillar is known as the A-pillar, the centre the B-pillar - and so on, each additional pillar referred to with the subsequent letter of the alphabet
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