The Seven Safety Features Found on Every Car

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Even the most affordable models under $15k come standard with these safety features.

Safety has been a mainstay in the news as of late. Some of the news is bad (Takata recall) and some of the news is good (Murano safety). That being said, if you're shopping for a new car, truck or crossover, safety features should definitely top your list of must-haves. Today's models are safer than ever, and you don't necessarily have to opt for safety options and enhanced safety packages. This is because the most important safety features are more like safety requirements, and are found on all new vehicles, even cheaper base models. And that includes the current crop of the most affordable cars available today, including the most affordable: the 2015 Nissan Versa.

Airbags: Vehicle safety device that inflates during an accident. It provides driver and passenger protection from debris and lessens the severity of impact. Today's models feature no fewer than six airbags which include the following:

  • Driver Side Airbag
  • Front Passenger Airbag
  • Driver Side Head Airbag
  • Front Passenger Head Airbag
  • Driver/Front Passenger Side Airbag

Four-Wheel Antilock Brake System (ALB): Electronic braking system which allows the driver to maintain control of the vehicle in an emergency braking situation. The system allows the driver to apply full force to the brake pedal while avoiding the task of pumping the brake pedal to modulate the brakes.

Brake Assist: Electronic system that automatically increases braking pressure to the vehicle's brakes in an emergency situation. The vehicle's computer automatically interprets the vehicle's speed in relation to the force applied on the brake pedal. This system kicks in before the ALB system mentioned above. Combined, they both prevent the wheels and tires from dangerously locking up.

Electronic Stability Control (ESC): System that detects a loss of traction and/or steering control and automatically helps the driver maintain control should traction loss occur. The system effectively "steers" the vehicle by applying brake pressure to each wheel/tire independently.

Traction Control: Secondary function of ESC, traction control is designed to prevent a loss of traction on only the driven wheels. Traction control is activated when the engine's torque exceeds the traction available on the road's surface.

Child Safety Locks: Locks which are built in to the rear doors of all vehicles. They are designed to help prevent children from opening the rear doors, especially during transit.

Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes: It might seem obvious, but front disc brakes and rear drum brakes make a solid combination in terms of stopping performance. Although some shoppers insist on four-wheel discs brakes, today's rear drum brakes work fine. Moreover, the front brakes of every car are responsible for around 80 - 90% of a vehicle's stopping.

Vehicles Under $15,000 Which Have These Safety Features:

2015 Nissan Versa »
2015 Chevrolet Spark »
2015 Mitsubishi Mirage »
2015 smart fortwo »
2015 Kia Rio »
2015 Nissan Versa Note »
2015 Chevrolet Sonic »
2015 Ford Fiesta »
2015 Hyundai Accent »
2015 Toyota Yaris »

, Automotive Editor

Armaan Almeida no longer works for CarsDirect. He was an Automotive Editor who produced buying guides and sneak previews, in addition to publishing daily news stories and tracking monthly deals, incentives and pricing trends from Toyota, Nissan and Lexus.

 

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