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Volvo deploys new pedestrian airbags (VIDEO)

Friday - 3/9/2012, 9:23am  ET

WASHINGTON - It is the newest technology in personal safety. Volvo is developing a pedestrian airbag that deploys outside the car when a person is hit.

Sensors in the Volvo V40's front bumper register if there is physical contact between a car and the pedestrian, according to Volvo engineers.

As soon as those sensors register an impact in the bumper of the car, the airbag deploys where a person would likely hit the vehicle - along the top of the hood and windshield of the car.

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