Acura Automobiles: 2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD: Safety

Posted on 05. Dec, 2013 by in Acura Canada

2014 Acura RLX: Safety And Driver Assistive Technologies

Utilizing a horde of modernized active and pacifist reserve technologies, a RLX Sport Hybrid elevates newcomer reserve in Acura’s flagship sedan. The RLX is approaching to grasp a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from a NHTSA and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from a Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a GOOD rating in a Institute’s new tiny front pile-up test. Its considerable apartment of reserve technologies includes a next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) physique structure, that utilizes a array of companion front support members to catch and track collision appetite around a newcomer cabin in a frontal collision.

The RLX also creates vital use of high-strength steel to serve raise collision opening in frontal, side, back impact and rollover incidents.  The RLX has seven, smart-deploying airbags – motorist and front-seat newcomer front and side airbags, side-curtain airbags, and a driver’s knee airbag.  In Advance grades, a motorist and front newcomer seats also underline e-pretension chair belts that say a low-level of tragedy (for softened comfort) in normal pushing and pre-tension in a eventuality of a intensity collision.

Summary of Safety Technologies

  • Next-generation ACE™ Body Structure
  • Driver and front newcomer front and side airbags
  • Side screen airbags
  • Driver’s Side Knee Airbag
  • New front chair conduct restraints
  • Driver and front chair newcomer chair belt e-pretensioners (Advance trim)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)  
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) (Advance Trim)

Collision Safety Targets
The 2014 RLX is targeted to grasp a tip reserve ratings accessible in America. These embody ratings from a sovereign government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as good as from a Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Based on inner testing, a Acura RLX is approaching to grasp 5-Star ratings in all NHTSA tests, while also achieving a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score. In IIHS testing, a RLX is approaching to grasp a GOOD rating in all tests – embody a serious new IIHS Small Overlap Front pile-up exam that is being implemented for 2013 and newer vehicles – along with a highest-available TOP SAFETY PICK+ altogether rating.

Projected exam formula include:


Structural Safety Advances
Meeting a RLX’s tip crash-safety rating targets compulsory countless constructional engineering advancements. Details include:

  • Frontal – The next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) physique structure helps a RLX pass a some-more formidable new IIHS Small Overlap Front Crash Test with a tip “Good” result.
  • Side – The use of worldly advances in collision bucket pathways and a use of hot-stamped high-strength steel helps urge newcomer insurance in side impact scenarios and should lead to tip NHTSA and IIHS side-impact ratings..
  • Rear – Rear-impact opening assembly a sovereign FMVSS301 customary is achieved by worldly engineering specifications and a use of lightweight high-strength steel.
  • Rollover/Roof Strength – The RLX achieves a sovereign FMVSS216a customary and IIHS Roof Strength “Good” exam rating by adopting hot-stamped high-strength steel and optimized engineering specifications.
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front (Narrow Offset Barrier) – The Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ structure integrated into a RLX is approaching to support in a correspondence with a new IIHS Small Overlap Front Barrier exam that starts in 2013.

Next-Generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™)
The RLX Sport Hybrid utilizes a latest chronicle of a exclusive Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body-structure record to raise newcomer insurance and pile-up harmony in frontal collisions. The new pattern maximizes appetite fullness around a engine cell and minimizes it in a newcomer compartment. The new ACE physique pattern is approaching to assistance RLX to pass a intensely formidable new IIHS tiny overlie front pile-up test, that involves 25-percent of a car’s front finish on a driver’s side distinguished a 5-foot-tall firm separator during 40 mph.

Like a strange ACE, a next-generation ACE™ physique structure utilizes a network of connected constructional elements – now even some-more accurately designed and regulating a incomparable volume of hot-stamp and high-tensile steel – to discharge and approach pile-up appetite divided from a newcomer compartment. This extended frontal pile-up appetite government helps to revoke a army eliminated to a newcomer cell and can assistance to some-more uniformly sunder a army eliminated to other vehicles in a crash. Additionally, ACE™ helps minimize a intensity for under-ride or over-ride situations that can occur during frontal impacts with a incomparable or smaller vehicle.

Unlike many required designs that approach frontal pile-up appetite usually to a revoke load-bearing structures in a front end, next-generation ACE™ actively channels frontal pile-up appetite to both top and revoke constructional elements, including a building support rails, side sills and A-pillars. By formulating privately engineered “pathways” that assistance discharge these frontal impact army by a incomparable commission of a vehicle’s sum structure, ACE™ can some-more effectively track them around and divided from a newcomer cell to assistance extent cabin deformation and serve urge newcomer protection. Integral to a next-generation ACE™ judgment is a singular front polygonal categorical pattern structure.

A sum of 7 airbags, including dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, front side airbags, side screen airbags with rollover sensors, and a new driver’s side knee airbag, are customary on a 2014 RLX Sport Hybrid.

Driver’s Side Knee Airbag (SRS)
The driver’s side knee airbag is designed to improved position a motorist in a eventuality of a frontal collision, so a motorist can take best advantage of a insurance supposing by a front airbag and seatbelts. The knee airbag is contained underneath a row on a underside of a instrument panel, that is contoured divided from a knees to yield as most clearway as probable for comfort.

Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags (SRS)
Every RLX is versed with dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags (SRS). One or both of these airbags will be deployed usually in a eventuality of a sufficient frontal impact. If deployed, a airbags are able of being arrogant during opposite rates depending on pile-up severity, seat-belt use and other factors. Front airbags are designed to further a chair belts to assistance revoke a odds of conduct and top physique injuries in frontal crashes.

Front Passenger Airbag-Off Indicator
An indicator light noted “PASS AIRBAG,” located on a right of a top arrangement illuminates to prove that a passenger’s front airbag is off and will not muster during a frontal impact. This happens when a weight of a front-seat passenger, or an intent on a seat, is 63.8 pounds or less.

Driver and Front Passenger Side Airbags
Driver’s and front passenger’s SmartVent™ side airbags mounted in a outboard area of any front seatback are designed to assistance yield pelvis and thorax insurance in a eventuality of a serious side impact. The modernized pattern allows a side airbags to increase with a low risk of injuring a chair newcomer while deploying. This eliminates a need for a previous-generation RL’s Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS).

Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
All outboard seating positions embody a side screen airbag system. The side screen airbags muster from modules in a roof in a eventuality of a sufficient side impact or rollover, providing a poignant spin of conduct insurance in a window area. The new side screen airbags now have a rollover sensor, a wider deployment profile, and sojourn entirely deployed for an extended time to raise ejection mitigation. This focus is dual years in allege of new reserve regulations going into outcome in 2015.

Adjustable Head Restraints for All Seating Positions
All front and back seating positions underline divided tractable conduct restraints. Compared to a Active Head Restraints in a prior RL model, a RLX’s front conduct restraints underline a latest era of neck insurance performance. They are wider, lighter and offer 7mm incomparable clearway for some-more pushing comfort while also charity higher protection.

The back conduct restraints approve with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) for back newcomer conduct restraints that took outcome for all-new 2011-model-year-and-later vehicle. The new manners closely mention a size, position and operation of a rear-seat conduct restraints.

Front Seatbelt E-Pretensioners
RLX Sport Hybrid modernized class underline seatbelt e-pretensioner for both of a front seats that detects hook rate. During assertive driving, a e-pretensioner complement uses electronic controls to tie a seatbelts. During normal pushing conditions, a e-pretensioner provides a “tensionless” seatbelt experience, enhancing pushing comfort.

In addition, a electronic controls of a e-pretensioner seatbelt complement tie and reason a seatbelt when a RLX is being driven in a sporty manner, and also in a eventuality of remarkable steering inputs, such as a movement or a light collision. The e-pretensioner complement is entirely involuntary and requires no involvement from a motorist or front passenger, aside from a initial prolongation and fixture of a seatbelt.

Child Safety Features
Two Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) child seat-mounting positions are built into a outboard back seats. The LATCH complement utilizes both an top child-seat fasten anchor and dedicated lower-anchor points that are built into a physique of a vehicle. These assistance safeguard scold ascent of a concordant child seat. A third top fasten is located in a back core position. The RLX also facilities childproof back doorway locks. When engaged, they assent a back doors to be non-stop usually from a outside, thereby assisting to forestall random opening by a child.

Forward Collision Warning
The RLX Sport Hybrid’s customary Forward Collision Warning (FCW) complement uses a camera mounted in a top apportionment of a windshield to detect vehicles forward and establish if a collision is possible.

A visible “BRAKE” warning on a Multi-Information Display (MID) alerts a motorist when a complement determines that a collision is probable with a car rescued ahead. If a motorist does not take any actions to equivocate a collision, a second visible warning and an heard warning will warning a motorist again. The FCW complement in a RLX will not automatically brake, and a motorist stays obliged for safely handling a car and avoiding collisions.

Collision Mitigation Braking System™
Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) on RLX Sport Hybrid Advance grade.4

Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
The customary Lane Departure Warning (LDW) uses a same top front windshield camera as a FCW complement (Advance class uses a same camera used by a LKAS system) to visually brand a lanes in a road. If a RLX starts to deposit out of a rescued line and into another but a spin vigilance in use, a complement will warning a motorist with a visible “LANE” warning in a MID row and on a Head-Up Display, along with an heard warning. The LDW complement can be activated and deactivated by a symbol on a revoke left apportionment of a instrument panel.

Pedestrian Injury Mitigation
The RLX has an impact-absorbing front physique pattern to assistance catch appetite in a eventuality of a frontal collision with a pedestrian. Research shows that a following facilities can dramatically urge a pedestrian’s possibility of presence if struck by a relocating vehicle:

  • Impact-energy interesting hood
    Space is supposing between a underside of a hood and pivotal powertrain components, permitting a hood to hook and twist if hit is done with possibly an adult or a child pedestrian.
  • Energy-absorbing buffer mounts and supports
    Front buffer mounts and brackets are designed to twist simply to assistance catch impact energy.
  • Deformable windshield wiper pivots
    Wiper pivots are designed to twist and mangle divided easily.

Driver Assistive Technologies

Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
The RLX Sport Hybrid facilities Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) to yield a reward pushing knowledge by shortening steering improvement movements and pushing bid on a highway. LKAS uses a camera to review line markings to support a motorist in pushing in a center of a lane.

Designed for a U.S. highway structure, a complement uses a camera mounted on a top apportionment of a windshield to brand Botts’ Dots and Cat Eye markers during speeds between 45 mph and 90 mph. When LKAS senses that a motorist is flapping from a center of a rescued lane, a complement generates counteracting steering torque to support a motorist in progressing line position, while also displaying a visible warning in a MID within a instrument row to warning a motorist about a intensity line departure. Compared to lane-keeping systems on other reward vehicles, a RLX’s LKAS operates in a some-more linear conform with a some-more healthy feel.

Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow
The accessible Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) allows a motorist to set a preferred speed and a stretch interlude behind a car ahead, permitting a use of journey control in light traffic. This complement is total with new Low-Speed Follow capability, that extends a involuntary following capability to stop and go trade situations (down to 0 mph).

1 Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison functions only. Your mileage will change depending on pushing conditions, how we expostulate and say your vehicle, battery container age/condition, and other factors.
2 Customers who select to use Regular gasoline should design reductions in power, opening and fuel economy.
3 Does not request to liquid and filter changes or periodic inspections. Please impute to a upkeep territory of your owner’s primer to establish all suitable upkeep intervals.
4 Depending on a circumstances, CMBS might not go by all of a warning stages before initiating a final theatre (of collision mitigation.)

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