The Detroit News points to the “double-layer cocoon” modern vehicles form around the occupants. The first layer is made up of crumple zones in the chassis that absorb a crash’s impact and spread it around the occupants to keep the cabin intact. The second layer is the “passive” systems like seat-belts and airbags. In the GV80’s case, it has a ten-airbag system, including a driver’s knee airbag, front and rear side airbags, a front center side airbag, and rollover-resistant curtain airbags.
“The underlying structure in Tiger’s crash did what [it] was supposed to do,” said another expert. “The systems worked and kept Tiger seated and in an upright and protected position.”