2017 Highlander safety decades in the making
Mid-sized SUV buyers receive updates in looks, power, and safety in the 2017 Toyota Highlander from a year ago, and the results are an incredible amount of value that is rarely found in one vehicle.
Safety becomes paramount for 2017 in the Highlander. It takes on features that are usually only found in upper tier trims and makes them standard. Increased horsepower, along with a composed ride are other highlights and with comfortable three row seating, SUV buyers receive a vehicle that represents all the key qualities that make the SUV the most popular vehicle choice for most buyers.
Vehicle safety can be taken for granted these days with our rear-view cameras and lane change assist technology, but there is another part of the story that is often forgotten. There is a long history of innovation that has pushed our cars to an unbelievable level of safety, unimaginable to our motoring forbearers of years gone past.
Three leaps in vehicle safety innovation
Here are three safety improvements leaps from the past. Because of these innovations, today’s vehicles need only take small steps to deliver gains in safety.
- Seat belts.
An obvious improvement, but for the automobile’s first 40 plus years, drivers and passengers were left woefully unprotected from what damage could occur when a two-thousand-pound vehicle, traveling as fast as a train, suddenly came to a halt.
The automobile seat belt was invented early, at about the same time as the car itself, but was not implemented until Volvo installed the first three-point safety belt in the mid ‘50’s as a part of offering an extra incentive to purchase one of its vehicles.
Offering it as an option in the ‘60’s, American automobile manufacturers were finally required by US Congress to make seat belts standard in all vehicles in 1963.
- The safety cell.
What is a safety cell? It is an essentially a roll cage for a car. It is made of strengthened steel, and its job is to protect passengers in the milliseconds following a collision after crumple areas have absorbed most the force of a crash. First developed by Mercedes, it has been a feature in luxury vehicles for decades. It is now a standard feature in nearly all modern vehicles.
- Radial tires.
Often not thought of as a safety feature, the invention of radial tires has not only helped greatly increase the speed and performance of modern vehicles, it has also contributed greatly to preventing drivers losing control and crashing their vehicles. Before radial tires, cars were essentially bouncing around on rubber balloons that could fail at any time.
The radial tire changed that by constructing the tire’s rubber core diagonally from the center outward. Non-radial tires were built with core sections going across.
Visit at Toyota Dealership today and explore the 2017 Toyota Highlander and remember the decades of safety innovation bred into it.
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This entry was posted in South Hills Toyota and tagged Toyota, Toyota Highlander, Toyota SUV, Toyota Dealer on 03/03/2017 at 10:20 AM