Special attention has been paid to protection against side impact, a major cause of fatality in urban accidents (which account for one-third of all road accidents). The dual side-impact sensors that first appeared in Renault Laguna III have halved the time it takes the side airbags to trigger.
Coupled with a new generation of bulkier curtain airbags, occupants' head protection has been improved by 30%. Another feature is the fact that the dual-chamber thorax/groin airbags exert three times more pressure to the groin than to the thorax (the groin is both more exposed to injury and able to withstand greater pressure than the chest).
The new Renault Megane boasts new headrests whose support rods slide into the headrest and not into the top of the back of the seat, where their rigidity constitutes a hazard in the event of a rear impact. This arrangement enhances protection of the neck vertebrae, as the passenger sinks 60 millimetres into the curved, frameless seat, which restricts the sudden movement of his or her head and thorax caused by an impact.
The Renault Megane Hatch's front end also incorporates new technological solutions for improved protection of pedestrians in the event of an impact. Work has gone into modifying the rigidity and thickness of the bumper to protect the lower limbs by absorbing energy at tibia and knee height. Careful attention was also paid to the energy absorption capacity of the bonnet and surrounding structure (wings, opening mechanism, bonnet interior).
Child safety is an issue in on its own right to which Renault devotes special research of the same exacting standard as for adult safety systems. With a four star score out of five in Euro NCAP's child rating, the Renault Megane affords one of the highest levels of protection. ISOFIX anchorage points in the left and right rear seats make it easy to secure child and booster seats safely.
The Renault Megane also incorporates equipment that helps drivers to anticipate risks on the road:
- tyre pressure monitoring system,
- cruise control and speed limiter with a functional, intuitive luminous interface that is faster and safer to read,
- automatically activated headlights and windscreen wipers.
The Renault Megane's bi-xenon directional headlights, the dipped beams of which change angle when the vehicle is cornering, make night-time driving safer. They show the lie of the road more sharply and widen the driver's field of visibility.Published 25 November 2008