Seats, Seatbelts and SRS* Airbags
Standard on the Forester are front SRS* airbags, plus front-side, curtain SRS* airbags and knee SRS* airbags. Height-adjustable front seatbelts feature pretensioners to hold passengers firmly in place as well as load limiters that ease peak forces to the chest. In a rear collision, front seats utilise rigid frames, firm headrests and such details as energy-absorbing mounting of the inner seat springs—all to help reduce the chance of whiplash.
Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame
The Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame strengthens the passenger cabin’s roof, doors, pillars and floor. This design helps divert and dissipate impact energy away from the occupants in a collision by use of high-strength materials and strategic placements. Whilst making it stronger with increased torsional rigidity, the overall frame is still lightweight.
Shock-absorbing space within the vehicle helps reduce pedestrian injury, as do an energy-absorbing front bumper and a specially designed area around the windshield wipers. And in order to provide protection in the head zone, a split-type construction in the front has been implemented.
With a commanding perspective and front and rear visibility at the top of its class, the Forester keeps the driver aware and at ease on narrow roads and in tight spaces. Blind spots are kept to a minimum with well-positioned A-pillars and integrated partition windows. The side mirrors have also been placed onto the door panels, creating a remarkably open field of view.
The standard 4-wheel disc braking system is enhanced by Antilock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, to help redistribute braking power where you need it among all four wheels, as well as Brake Assist and Brake Override for control in emergency braking situations. There’s also Auto Vehicle Hold, which helps prevent rollback when starting from a stop on any slope. The DIT model adds larger 17-inch ventilated discs in front and 16-inch ventilated discs for the rear, for even better braking performance.
Vehicle Dynamics Control System
Vehicle Dynamics Control System monitors and analyses if the vehicle is following the driver’s intended course via an array of sensors. If a tyre slips or a high speed turn causes the vehicle off its intended path, the AWD torque distribution, engine output and brakes at each wheel are adjusted to assist in keeping the vehicle on course.