The Daimler-Benz-produced Smart Fortwo car is a small car that measures slightly more than 106-inches long. This two-seater is actually 3 feet shorter than a Mini Cooper. The Fortwo's diminutive size forced Daimler to incorporate a variety of safety features to prevent injuries during a crash.
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In case of a crash, one of the keys to surviving in a Smart Fortwo is its tridion safety cell. The frame is fortified with high-strength steel reinforcing key spots in the car. During a collision, the car distributes the impact of the crash evenly, helping reduce injuries.
With a wheelbase of only 73.5 inches, the Smart Fortwo has a certain advantage in a side collision, because the other vehicle will almost certainly hit a wheel. This allows the suspension to absorb some of the impact. In a head-on crash, the front wheels act as a crumple zone.
The Smart Fortwo is equipped with four airbags, two front and two side. Also, an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) measures the passenger's weight, so, if a small child is sitting in the front, the passenger-side airbag deactivates to prevent injury to the child because of deployment.
Other Safety Features
The Smart Fortwo's steering column retracts during a front impact collision. Because the engine's in the rear, the Smart Fortwo is equipped with a crash box in the front that crumples during an accident, reducing the force of impact. During a crash, the car cuts off the fuel and automatically unlocks the doors.
To help avoid a crash in the first place, the Smart Fortwo comes equipped with the antilock braking system.
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