Whiplash Minimising Seat Design

Whiplash Minimising Seat Design

Mazda headrests are optimally sized and positioned with a forward tilting stance to minimise the distance between the occupants head and the head rest. This means that In the event of a rear impact, the necks of the driver and front passenger are better protected from whiplash.

By minimising the distance that the head and neck have to travel before reaching the head rest, the load or force on the neck is less and therefore helps to minimise whiplash injury. Simultaneously, the seatback is designed to permit rearward movement of the occupants torso. Together, these reduce the loading on an occupants neck by up to 40% compared to a conventional seat design.

Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)

Brake-assist monitors brake pedal force and input speed to determine when emergency braking is occurring. When detected, it automatically applies maximum braking force to all wheels. This reduces stopping distances during emergency braking. It works in conjunction with the ABS to also provide maximum steering control in these situations.

Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)

EBD allocates braking force to the wheels with the most grip, according to vehicle loading. It automatically detects front and rear wheel slip, and will adjust rear wheel braking force according to the weight of occupants and luggage, vehicle speed and road conditions. It then boosts hydraulic pressure to the rear wheels when harder rear wheel braking is needed. The result is shorter stopping distances in wet and dry conditions.

SRS Airbags

The front and side Supplementary Restraint System (SRS) includes up to 6 airbags. They are located in:

  • The steering wheel hub and front passenger instrument panel (front airbags)
  • The outboard sides of the front seatbacks (side airbags)
  • The front and rear window pillars and the roof edge along both sides (curtain airbags).

These systems operate independently depending on the type of accident encountered. The front SRS airbags are activated by strong frontal collisions. Together with the restraining effort of the seat belts, they help reduce the risk of serious injury to the head and upper torso of the driver and front passenger.

In the event of a significant side-on impact, side and curtain airbags deploy to minimise the shock inflicted on the chest, head and neck areas of front and rear seat passengers.

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

ABS works by detecting individual wheel-lock and momentarily releasing the brakes on that wheel, by decreasing the amount of brake fluid supplied to the wheel to allow the wheel to regain traction.

ABS prevents wheel lock-up and consequent sliding under heavy braking or on slippery road surfaces. Wheel lock-up causes loss of steering and vehicle control, so ABS allows the driver to steer away from hazards, even on slippery surfaces, while applying maximum braking force.

Mazda Advanced Impact Distribution and Absorption System (MAIDAS)

Mazda’s Advanced Impact Distribution and Absorption System (MAIDAS) offers superior protection for occupants.

The MAIDAS system makes use of high tensile steel in much of the frame to prevent the cabin from collapsing in a collision. The occupant safety cell is constructed of high tensile steel and the Triple H configuration minimises cabin deformation. The impact energy is dispersed away from the cabin.