Putting family Safety first

Every car that bears the Holden brand is developed with the paramount objective of providing occupants with the highest level of driving safety and injury protection.

Vehicle safety systems

Every new Holden incorporates a range of carefully engineered safety systems which combine to serve two basic purposes:

  • Active safety systems are designed to help you avoid a crash in the first place.
  • Passive safety systems are there to help protect you from injury if a crash is unavoidable.
Vehicle Safety Systems

Active Safety Systems to monitor your vehicle

Up to 200 times a second - that's how often Holden's active safety systems monitor on-road dynamics. Everything from the vehicle's speed, lateral acceleration and rotation, to the steering wheel angle and brake force you apply. When normal tolerances are exceeded, one or more of the following systems initiate integrated counter measures to help ensure you retain maximum control of the vehicle.

*Holden Insignia shown for illustrative purposes only. Not all features depicted apply to all Holden vehicles in the range.
Selected features available on certain models only.

Active Safety Features And Demonstrations

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ESC Electronic Stability Control

ESC constantly compares the vehicle's movements with the steering wheel angle to determine if the vehicle is moving in the direction you intend. If skidding appears imminent, ESC applies brake pressure to individual wheels as appropriate and, if necessary, trims engine power. This dramatically increases turning and cornering safety, especially in 'evasive action' situations.

TCS Traction Control System

Designed to minimise slippage during acceleration, TCS recognises if either rear wheel has insufficient grip and adjusts drive force and brakeforce accordingly. It reduces wheel spin when accelerating on wet and icy roads, and also in 'split' conditions, such as when a vehicle has two wheels on bitumen and two on a gravel verge.

ABS Anti-lock Braking System

If wheel 'lock up' is detected under forceful braking, ABS momentarily reduces brake pressure at the affected wheel. This improves braking efficiency - reducing stopping distances on most surfaces - and helps maintain control to ensure the vehicle remains directionally stable.

EBA Electronic Brake Assist

In emergency braking situations, few drivers actually press the brake pedal firmly enough to achieve maximum braking performance. EBA is designed to sense how fast you press the brake pedal in an emergency, and maximise braking pressure to optimise braking performance.

EBD Electronic Brakeforce Distribution

When a vehicle brakes, weight transfers to the front wheels. By regulating the breakforce applied to each wheel, EBD ensure optimal balance between front and rear brakes which helps minimise stopping distances.

Passive Safety Systems to protect you in case of an accident

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Innovation & Design - Safety - Passive Image

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Pyrotechnic seat belt pretensioners

When an impact of sufficient severity is detected, small pyrotechnic charges are used to remove slack from the seat belts. This tightens the seat belts and helps hold both the driver and front passenger firmly against their seats.

Dual-stage front airbags

For maximum protection in certain frontal collisions, the front airbags for driver and front passenger inflate in two stages, according to the impact severity and their respective seat positons.

Curtain and side impact airbags

Side curtain airbags help provide head and upper body protection for front passengers and outboard rear passengers in certain side-on collisions. Side impact airbags help provide additional and thorax protection for the driver and front passenger.

Load limiters

The seat belts incorporate a load limiting system that help control the level of force applied to an occupant's chest during an accident. This in turn helps reduce seat belt related injury.

Steering and brake pedal safety

In severe front impacts, the steering column can collapse and to help prevent leg injury, the brake pedal can detach.

Emergency shutdown

Following a collision where airbags or seat belt pretensioners have deployed, on-board safety systems will turn off the engine and fuel pump, unlock the doors, and turn the hazard and interior lights on, if battery power is available.

Child safety

Take advantage of Holden's free child restraint check service and/or apply for a Holden Buckle Up Kids event in your local community.

Holden recommends that children aged 12 years and under should ride in the rear seat of a vehicle, properly restrained. Research shows that children are safer if restrained in a rear seat.

This applies to an infant riding in a rear-facing capsule, a child riding in a forward-facing child seat, an older child riding in a booster seat and children large enough to wear a seat belt alone. While research shows that children who were properly restrained have survived high-speed crashes with minor injuries or bruising, misuse of child restraints is responsible for a range of serious injuries.

Common examples of misuse include placing a child in a seat which is inappropriate for that child's weight and height; not anchoring the seat tightly enough; not using top tethers; incorrectly threading seat belts; loose, unbuckled, twisted and damaged seat belts.

Isofix technology standard across the Holden passenger vehicle range

ISOFIX is a simple method of fixing specialised child seats into vehicles more quickly and securely than using lap-sash child seat. The system works by using brackets to plug the ISOFIX seat directly into the car's ISOFIX low anchorage points and secure using a top tether, delivering a rock-solid connection between the child seat and vehicle seat.

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The Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP) provides consumers with independent and consistent information on the levels of child protection from injury in a crash provided by child car seats and the ease with which they can be used correctly.

Advice For Keeping Your Children Safe

  • The back seat is the safest place for children of any age.
  • Choosing a child restraint is a serious business. Select a model that suits the child's weight, height and age.
  • Not all restraints fit all cars, so try before you buy.
  • Fit restraints properly. It's critically important to follow instructions and make sure the capsule or seat is firmly fitted, with minimal sideways or forward movement.
  • Where possible, install the restraint in the centre rear position.
  • Follow instructions in the vehicle owner's handbook.
  • Every trip, make sure that the restraint harness is properly adjusted, checking that only the thickness of two fingers, at most, can be inserted between the harness and the child's chest.
  • Don't use a restraint that's been subject to crash forces. The protective structure could be invisibly damaged. If you're not sure, have it inspected by an expert.
  • Child restraints have an effective 'use by date' (UV light degrades plastic components) and should be discarded and disabled in accordance with the relevant owner's manual.
Advice For Keeping Your Children Safe
  • If anyone else is driving your child around, make sure they know how to fit and use the restraint correctly.
  • Do not place a child in a restraint in the front seat when a passenger airbag is fitted.
  • A baby is not safe in your arms. Even in a minor crash, collision forces may tear the child from your grip.
  • It is never safe to leave a child alone in a closed vehicle, even for a short period, particularly on a moderately warm or hot day.

Elmo Stays Safe

Watch the 'Elmo Stays Safe' campaign, developed by Sesame Workshop (the non-profit organisation responsible for Sesame Street's educational outreach materials) and Kidsafe Victoria with the support of the TAC, RACV and Holden, is designed to prevent child motor vehicle and pedestrian injuries and deaths in Australia.

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