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ABS, HBA, TPMS, ASR, ESC. Before you get into learning what each Volkswagen active safety acronym stands for, know that in the end they all add up to one thing – a safer drive. Choose from the active safety features below to learn more about how each one works in its own unique way to help you avoid an unfortunate driving situation.
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Control your roll.
Under heavy braking, even while braking in a corner, the Volkswagen Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) helps you stay in control by helping to prevent the wheels from locking up, so you can steer your Passat in the intended direction.
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Specifically during heavy braking in wet or icy conditions, ABS may help reduce stopping distance and help make sure you’re able to maintain control.
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Brake pedals
have feelings too.
It’s not always how far you push the brake pedal, but also how fast. Volkswagen Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA) can tell the difference between slamming on the brake and normal brake usage. When needed, HBA helps the driver by applying the proper amount of brake force.
Test the HBA
Balancing act.
Driving with low tire pressure is like trying to walk wearing only one shoe – you’re less efficient and slightly off balance. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System alerts you when the tire pressure in any tire is low, helping to keep your drive safer, more stable, and achieve optimal miles per gallon.
Tire Pressure
Adjust the pressure
Spin control.
When taking off in slippery conditions, Anti-Slip Regulation can help when the drive wheels lose traction by reducing engine power in order to continuously maximize traction.
As if it can predict your every move, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) monitors driving parameters and communicates to each of the appropriate active safety features, like ASR and ABS, to help you maintain control and stay on your intended course.
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Engineered into every Volkswagen are passive safety features that help to protect you during and immediately after the event of an accident. Learn more about passive safety and why nine Volkswagen models earned a 2012 IIHS Top Safety Pick rating.
Your very own
shining armor.
Underneath every gorgeous Volkswagen exterior is a meticulously designed Safety Cage. It's tough. Protective. And obsessively concerned with your well-being. Each section of the cage helps to protect passengers in its own unique way.
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Crash-Optimized Front End
From the bumper to the firewall, each Volkswagen is designed to help deflect the energy of a front impact away from the safety cage.
Safety Cage
The safety cage of each Volkswagen is specifically engineered to help protect occupants in the event of front, rear, or side impact and even rollover situations.
Rear Crumple Zone
From the rear bumper to the back windshield, each Volkswagen is designed to help deflect the energy of a rear impact away from the safety cage.
Like a
force field
Just like your favorite sci-fi movie, the front of every Volkswagen includes a Crash-Optimized Front End, specifically designed to help deflect the energy of an impact away from the safety cage.
Free the force
A millisecond
is a long, long time.
Even our sensors have sensors. Like no other car in its class, the Passat features an additional Pressure Sensor for Side Airbag deployment, designed to respond to an impact even before traditional side-impact airbag systems do.1
Trigger the sensor
Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children are used to help make sure your child’s safety seat stays in place. In every Volkswagen the LATCH mounts are welded right to the chassis, which is attached to every other German-engineered safety feature.
Look at the LATCH
A lot can happen in the blink of an eye. For example, in the event that your airbags deploy, the Intelligent Crash Response System is triggered, unlocking all doors, cutting fuel to the engine, and turning on the hazard lights so you don’t have to.2
Go on. Blink.