en:Car Terms:S:Side Impact Protection COM/EN

SEAT Glossary

All the details.


Side Impact Protection

Due to the virtually non-existent deformation zones on the side of the car, occupants are particularly vulnerable in a side crash. Since the bodywork at this point offers, unlike the front and rear sections, very little scope for absorbing energy by means of crumple zones, the sides must be designed with maximum stability, so that the passenger cell is deformed as little as possible. SEAT uses different protective mechanisms in the side of the car, which sustainably reduce the risk of injury:

  • Side impact bars increase the rigidity of the doors and distribute the energy in the event of a side-on crash.
  • Large door overlaps with the columns increases the deformation strength. The forces that occur in the event of a crash can therefore be better absorbed into the floor and the roof.
  • Stable A, B and C columns