2000 Acura Integra Type R -- Safety

As mentioned earlier, the Type R provides a high degree of structural rigidity to enhance crash protection. At the front and rear, the Type R has been designed with deformable crumple zones. These are designed to deform in a controlled manner, absorb the impact energy and help prevent deformation of the passenger compartment.

A driver and front passenger air bag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) is standard equipment. The driver's air bag is located in the steering wheel hub, while the passenger's air bag is located on top of the dash. Both air bags are triggered simultaneously by means of three impact sensors located in the passenger compartment. To ensure maximum reliability, the sensors use gold-plated electrical connectors. As in all Acura automobiles, the front passenger air bag is designed to deploy upward along the windshield and then back toward the occupant. This provides a large cushion to help protect the front passenger.

The dual front air bags are designed to work in conjunction with the 3-point seat belts. For easy access, the front buckles are attached to the driver's and front passenger's seats.

To help minimize injury to the occupant in a side-impact collision, the Integra features door intrusion beams as well as energy-absorbing pads in the doors.

For additional protection, there are polypropylene pads located at hip level on both front doors. These pads substantially reduce the energy transmitted to occupants in the event of an accident.

A special electronically coded key prevents the car from being started, even if a mechanical duplicate of the proper key shape is used. A transponder built into the key signals the immobilizer control unit that the key is genuine. If the car is hot-wired, or an unauthorized key is used, it simply will not start. This system is a substantial deterrent to theft.

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