Renault Modus Achieves Five Star Euro NCAP Rating | Part Two

An audible seat belt reminder sounds and an icon on the dash display lights up if drivers forget to fasten their seat belts.

Rear safety belts with pretensioners, short, vertically installed belt buckles and a special seat design provide highly-effective anti-submarining protection, that is found in no other car in its category.

Child Protection

Modus offers the Isofix three-point attachment system for side child seats at the rear and rear-facing child seats at the front. Along with the high-performance Renault child seats, it offers unequalled protection for children in that range of cars. Here also, Modus benefited from Renault’s long-time commitment to child protection and was able to score four stars in the Euro NCAP child protection assessment. It was once again the best scoring car in its class.

Reinforced cabin structure

Very High Strength Steel (VHSS) panels and members make Modus' structure very strong on impact. It absorbs the energy released and turns the cabin into a survival cell which safeguards occupants from any intrusion.

To protect occupants in the event of head-on impact, the structure distributes loads through several load paths: the main sidemembers, the lower load path fitted to the subframe and the upper load path at waist level.

On impact, powertrain components (engine, gearbox, battery, casings and accessories) stack and nest together so that the cabin structure can crumple as programmed. The magnesium frame of the steering wheel deforms and the steering column retracts to increase the space for occupants, thus avoiding any hard contact to the chest or the head. The brake pedal collapses to the floor to reduce the risk of lower limb injury, while footwell padding on the driver and passenger sides protects shins and ankles. The Triptic rear seat's fixtures remain secure in all four positions and do not tear free.

In the event of side impact, Modus protects its occupants by means of a stiff centre pillar with programmed deformation. In addition to the low deformation structure, door panels are fitted with padding which protects the pelvis and abdomen of occupants, while side airbags deploy to keep the thorax safe. If the side impact is against a pole or a tree, a curtain airbag also deploys to protect the heads of front and rear occupants.

In the event of rear impact, the spare wheel's attachment system and floor shape prevent it from moving around. If the impact is violent, the spare wheel's tyre is punctured to provide additional crash space.

Published 5 September 2004 Melanie Carter

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