Multi-collision accidents, in which the first impact is followed by collisions with other objects, make up three out of every 10 accidents, according to Hyundai. With that in mind, the Korean automaker says is working on the development and commercialisation of the world’s first multi-collision airbag system, which aims to improve performance in these situations.

The multi-collision airbag system will allow airbags to redeploy upon a secondary impact. It works by monitoring the position of the occupant in the cabin following an initial collision, and a recalibrated collision intensity threshold offers more prompt response during the secondary impact, thus improving the safety of occupants in multi-collision incidents.

“By improving airbag performance in multi-collision scenarios, we expect to significantly improve the safety of our drivers and passengers. We will continue our research on more diverse crash situations as part of our commitment to producing even safer vehicles that protect occupants and prevent injuries,” said the head of chassis technology centre at Hyundai, Taesoo Chi.

The automaker says that the system will eventually make its way into future Hyundai and Kia models, but did not specify a deployment timeline.