Japanese Minivans – Safety Features

A Minivan — also called as a multi-purpose vehicle ( MPV),  multi-utility vehicle (MUV) or people-carrier — is a type of vehicle that is designed for personal use and has a shape similar to that of a van.  Minivans are taller than a station wagon, hatchback or a sedan, and are designed with spacious interior.  Minivans are considered the safest among automobiles out on the road today.  They share this feature with SUVs which also have similar safety features.

Safety features in Minivans

Minivans are hefty, heavy and stable. In case of a collision, the sheer weight of the minivan has proved to be a saving grace.  The center of gravity in SUVs makes them prone to turn turtle, though they are heavier in weight in comparison with minivans.  Minivans are also collision-friendly with smaller vehicles in an accident as both vehicles are equally involved and absorb the energy of the crash more uniformly.

Minivans – Necessary Safety Features

Computerized stability systems and antilock brakes – All new minivans from Japan are equipped with electronic stability systems and antilock brakes.  Older models, even the ones manufactured in the year 2009, don’t have these features.  The electronic stability systems are computer-based and the throttle helps keep the vehicle under control by assisting in braking individual wheels.  Likewise, the antilock brakes let the driver to keep steering even after braking at the maximum and reducing stopping distance.

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Proven to be the best safety and survivability feature today, minivans contain a complete set of airbags.  Since September 2006, it is mandatory to have frontal airbags in all light trucks and cars manufactured, though side-impact airbags are not.  The latter help guard the passenger’s torso and are deployed from the seat backs. Some even extend upwards to protect the head of the occupant.  Side curtain airbags cover all the side windows and are vented down from the ceiling during an impact.

Minivans – Optional safety features

Consider having more safety features like adjustable head restraints to help shield against whiplash injuries.

A backup camera installed behind the minivan guards by beeping with an increasing volume when approaching an object while backing up.

Adjustable pedals in addition to a telescoping steering wheel which is also adjustable to suit the distance between the airbag and driver is the best combination among safety features.

The downside of owning a minivan also has its disadvantages. The sheer weight and size of the vehicle makes it unwieldy to avoid a collision. Braking time in comparison with a smaller vehicle is longer as compared to a smaller vehicle, to avoid collision. Visibility for the driver of a minivan could also be troublesome due to sloping hoods and vehicle height.

Minivans and children
The minivan is considered the safest for child passengers.  Child-safety seats and belts seats are huge and snug.  The rear seat entertainment video system keep the child entertained and out of trouble.  Installing a power-sliding door safety will keep the children safe as the touch-sensitive strip will keep them from closing by accident.  And seat belts are a must for rear seats.

Popular Japanese Minivan models include Toyota Picnic, Toyota Previa, Toyota Innova, Toyota Sienn, Honda_Odyssey, Honda Elysion, Honda StepWGN, Suzuki Wagon R, Suzuki Stringray, Mazda 8 and Nissan Quest.  If you are interested in buying a used Japanese minivan, please get in touch with your requirements and we can find a minivan to suit your budget and requirements.

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