10 Things You Should Know About the 2011 smart fortwo
#3. Small, Yet Safe in a Crash
There is a general perception in the United States that small cars are inherently unsafe, and Smart has gone out of its way to help fight against that image in the subcompact fortwo. The vehicle is designed around what Smart calls the tridion safety cell, which is a network of steel beams that connect to the rear bumpers in order to offer excellent crash energy dispersal during an accident. Even the vehicle's wheels and axles, which are located at the four corners of the platform, are called upon to help direct the force of an impact away from vehicle occupants.
Smart fortwo passengers actually sit above the safety cell in order to further protect them from injury, and a network of airbags can be deployed both in the front and to the side of the interior in order to mitigate the risks of occupants being hurt in an accident.