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Motor Vehicle Safety

Airbags offer vastly improved driver and passenger safety in motor vehicles. Today, most modern SUV's and bakkies have steering wheel/dashboard airbags and seat side airbags as standard. To check if your vehicle has side airbags, have a look on the bolster part of your seat (the side of the backrest closest to the door). If your bolster has a sewn-in label saying SRS Airbag, then it means your vehicle has side airbags in the driver and passenger seat rests.

Before buying seat covers, wouldn't you like to know that the seat cover manufacturer will guarantee airbag deployment? We believe it is absolutely critical that our seat covers (in the event of a collision) no way hinder the airbag deployment – something we should be able to prove.

Deployment of sidebag
 

Airbag Design

Our seat covers are made with a specially constructed seam which is designed to burst open without slowing down the airbag deployment. The seam itself is sewn with a specific breaking strength thread. The sewing machines are set to sew at predetermined seam interval tension. There are a number of design possibilities; a zip, a flap, a void or a seam. Of all of them, we believe the seam offers the neatest, most functional and most practical solution for side airbags.

The design must work. Thus the importance of laboratory tests, where seat rests are dressed with our seat cover, and then the side airbag is deployed. The deployment is filmed with a high speed camera. The footage is run through sophisticated software which is able to measure the driver and passenger seat rests.

Before buying seat covers, wouldn't you like to know that the seat cover manufacturer will guarantee airbag deployment? We believe it is absolutely critical that our seat covers (in the event of a collision) no way hinder the airbag deployment – something we should be able to prove.

Full Deployment in 10 Milliseconds

To be of maximum protection in the event of a collision, the side airbag needs to deploy to full size within 10 milliseconds of impact. With our seat cover on, the side airbag deployed to its maximum size (in three laboratory tests) in an average time of 8.4 milliseconds. It is very reassuring to know that our airbag seam design works functionally and practically, and you, the motorist, have peace of mind knowing that your airbags will work properly.