CARS.COM — Vehicle safety has come a long way since Volvo first introduced the three-point seat belt in cars way back in 1959. Recently, we’ve all come to rely on safety features and parts like antilock brakes, traction and stability control, and six airbags as standard equipment in most of our cars. Indeed, the year 2014 will usher in a whole new era in vehicle safety with a whopping 10 or more standard airbags popping up in many vehicles.
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We’re all likely familiar with driver and passenger front airbags in the steering wheel and dashboard, driver and passenger torso airbags, and curtain side airbags. However, new innovations in airbags demonstrate car manufacturers’ focus on collision safety as crash tests get ever harder. Here’s an overview of some of the newest “extracurricular” airbags you’ll find in many new cars today: