The Peugeot 107 | Part Three

Safety as standard

To ensure the optimum safety of its passengers, the 107 relies on its structure for high speed impact protection - quite an accomplishment considering that a small car has to absorb impact energy quickly.

Additionally, it comes with supplementary devices for "close-up protection", helping to reduce the effects of impact to a minimum:

  • A steering column that retracts over a distance of 73 mm, thereby reducing the risk of intrusion
  • Padding in the lower part of the bulkhead
  • Front airbags with a capacity of 60 litres for the driver and 90 litres for the passenger, the latter with a de-activation switch allowing installation of a rear-facing child seat
  • Front seatbelts with pretensioners and force limiters (450 daN)
  • Front seats with anti-submarining seat cushions
  • Front door padding for optimal absorption of side energy
  • Side airbags with a capacity of 9 litres intended to protect the chest of occupants
  • Curtain airbags with a capacity of 24 litres intended to protect the heads of front and rear passengers are available as an option.

Each passenger seat can accommodate a child seat, while the 50/50 split rear bench seat is equipped on both sides with ISOFIX fixtures incorporating three anchorage points for the installation of an ISOFIX child seat.

This overall design places the 107 in the best possible position to satisfy Euro NCAP criteria for the protection of occupants.

Finally, in the design of the front of the vehicle and the layout of the different mechanical components of the 107, careful attention has been paid to the consequences of a collision with a pedestrian. Thanks to a special impact beam in front of the bumper and a bonnet that creates the maximum possible distance between it and mechanical components underneath, pedestrian protection is maximised.

The Peugeot 107 will be available in the UK in the Summer of 2005.

Published 1 March 2005 Melanie Carter

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