|"World-class safety is a must for today's
minivan customer, and the Odyssey delivers," said Tom Elliott, executive vice
president of American Honda Motor Co. Inc. "Five-Star safety protection for all
passengers was a fundamental target during development."
Both frontal and side
impact tests were conducted as part of the NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program
which vehicles are given a rating from one to five stars in separate tests of frontal and
side impact protection. The Odyssey is the first minivan to earn the double Five-Star side
impact rating without the need for side airbags.
A Five-Star rating in the 38.5 mph side impact test indicates a 5 percent or less
chance of serious injury. Five-Star performance in the 35 mph frontal crash test indicates
a 10 percent or less chance of serious injury in a frontal impact.
The heart of the Odyssey's cabin integrity is the "four-ring body shell." The
Odyssey's A-, B-, C- and D-pillars connect with ceiling and under-floor cross-members. The
pillars themselves feature internal steel plates for added strength. This four-ring
structure helps resist buckling and provides added security in side and rear impacts.
Other Odyssey safety features include dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), and
three-point seatbelts and headrests in all seven seating positions. The Odyssey also meets
federal standards for head impact protection that take effect in calendar year 2002.
The Honda Odyssey is a seven-passenger minivan with the most powerful V6 engine in its
class, best-in-class fuel economy and Low Emission Vehicle certification. It features an
innovative "magic" third-row bench seat that folds flat into the floor. Other
standard features include theatre-style seating, sliding and removable second-row
captain's chairs, and individual lighting and ventilation controls. The EX model has dual
power sliding doors. An optional DVD satellite-linked navigation system also is available,
the first available on a minivan.
(March 30, 2000)