Ford Escape: How does the Safety Canopy System work?
The design and development of the Safety Canopy system included recommended testing procedures that were developed by a group of automotive safety experts known as the Side Airbag Technical Working Group. These recommended testing procedures help reduce the risk of injuries related to the deployment of side airbags (including the Safety Canopy ).
The Safety Canopy system consists of the following:
вЂў An inflatable curtain with a gas
generator concealed behind the
headliner and above the doors
(one on each side of vehicle).
вЂў A headliner designed to flex open above the side doors to allow Safety Canopy deployment.
вЂў The same warning light, electronic control and diagnostic unit as used for the front airbags.
вЂў Two crash sensors mounted at lower B-Pillar (one on each side).
вЂў Two crash sensors located at the C-pillar behind the rear doors (one on each side).
вЂў Rollover sensor in the restraints control module (RCM).
The Safety Canopy system, in combination with safety belts, can help reduce the risk of severe injuries in the event of a significant side impact collision or rollover event.
Children 12 years old and under should always be properly restrained in the second or third row seats. The Safety Canopy will not interfere with children restrained using a properly installed child or booster seat because it is designed to inflate downward from the headliner above the doors along the side window opening.
The Safety Canopy system is designed to activate when the vehicle sustains lateral deceleration sufficient to cause the RCM to initiate Safety Canopy inflation or when a certain likelihood of a rollover event is detected by the rollover sensor.
The Safety Canopy is mounted to roof side-rail sheet metal, behind the headliner, above the first and second row seats. The Safety Canopy is designed to inflate between the side window area and occupants to further enhance protection provided in side impact collisions and rollover events.
The fact that the Safety Canopy did not activate in a collision does not mean that something is wrong with the system. Rather, it means the forces were not of the type sufficient to cause activation. The Safety Canopy is designed to inflate in certain side impact collisions or rollover events, not in rear impact, frontal or near-frontal collisions, unless the collision causes sufficient lateral deceleration or rollover likelihood.
WARNING: Several Safety Canopy system components get hot after inflation. Do not touch them after inflation.
WARNING: If the Safety Canopy system has deployed, the Safety Canopy will not function again unless replaced. The Safety Canopy system (including the A, B, C, and D pillar trim and headliner) must be inspected and serviced by an authorized dealer. If the Safety Canopy is not replaced, it will not function again, which will increase the risk of injury in a future collision.
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