Tokyo, Japan – Toyota Motor Corporation has announced that it has developed the world’s first rear window curtain shield airbag to protect rear passengers’ heads in the event of a rear-end collision.

The airbag deploys from the roof lining above the rear window and forms a curtain-like barrier. Together with the head restraints, the airbag minimizes impact to the head from a colliding vehicle or parts of the hit vehicle. It will be launched in Japan in the iQ ultra-compact four-seater.

Toyota said it intends to strengthen its traffic safety initiatives in the future through the development of even safer vehicles and technologies, participation in the creation of a safe traffic environment, and activities designed to educate people on traffic safety.

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