Car reviews - Subaru - Forester - X 5-dr wagon
2 Oct 2002
SUBARU claims significant improvements have been made to the structural safety of the new Forester. Side strength has been increased about 20 per cent over the previous model by using a centre pillar (B-pillar) with a larger cross section. The structure of the B-pillar uses a new high strength lightweight construction method called "tailored blanked welding", which involves two steel plates laser welded together prior to stamping. This method is said to retain the strength of a single, one-piece stamping but at a vastly reduced weight. The B-pillar also features a bead and hole that controls the point of deformation in a side impact. Crash compatibility with other (larger) vehicles has been attended to through strengthening in the front frame, toe board, body base and side frame areas, while newly developed hydro-formed subframe and side frames are said to protect occupants by absorbing and dispersing impact energy.
Did you know?The driver's airbag has a 60-litre capacity while the front passenger's airbag has a larger, 110-litre capacity. Both inflate within 30 milliseconds
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