Tesla modifies airbag placement in Model 3 Highland
Tesla has made changes to the Model 3 car, and one significant change is that they removed a safety feature, specifically the front-seat airbag. This has raised questions among people.
Someone on Reddit noticed that the new Model 3 no longer has a knee airbag for front-seat passengers, as stated in the owner’s manual in France. Interestingly, the manual also mentions an extra airbag in the driver’s seat, which was also seen in Model Y cars made in China last year.
Some people suggested that whether the car has knee airbags might depend on where it’s sold. Different countries may have different rules about airbags. Some even said that U.S. rules might require knee airbags, while European countries might not. However, the person who made the Reddit post insisted that their Model 3 in North America still had knee airbags, while others outside of North America confirmed that theirs didn’t.
So, it’s clear from the U.S. owner’s manual (and those of other North American countries) that the Model 3 before these changes had knee airbags. But the updated Model 3 isn’t yet available in the UK, and their owner’s manual also didn’t mention knee airbags.
We don’t know for sure whether the new Model 3 will have knee airbags in the U.S. or other North American countries. Right now, no markets have mentioned knee airbags in their owner’s manual.
However, it’s possible that Tesla might decide to remove knee airbags from the 2024 Model 3 in North America, especially if they aren’t considered necessary. The person on Reddit also noted that a European safety testing program called EuroNCAP tests new cars extensively. So, Tesla might focus on the driver’s seat airbag because it could meet North American safety standards even without knee airbags.
In 2019, a safety research organization found that knee airbags might not make a significant difference in reducing injuries in car accidents. In fact, in some cases, they might even increase the risk of injury slightly. They found that knee airbags reduced injury risk by only a small amount, which wasn’t statistically significant. They also mentioned that there are other ways to protect against leg and foot injuries, and these might be just as effective.
Despite this, some car manufacturers still use knee airbags. The organization suggested that carmakers might use knee airbags to get high scores on required safety tests, especially those that involve unbelted dummies. Tesla modifies airbag placement in Model 3 Highland
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