2012 Mazda 3 Body Structure (Stronger B-Pillar)

The 2012 Mazda 3 does not look different from the 2011, but don’t let that feel you that there were no changes to the body structure. For 2012 models, the B-pillar reinforcement has been extended by more than seven inches and more high tensile steel was added to further increase body rigidity. This change is in all Mazda3s, regardless of trim level or engine choice.  Keep in mind that all Mazda3s will continue to feature Mazda’s own highly rigid safety body structure, which incorporates: 

  • Crushable outer zones that absorb impact energy
  • Mazda’s Triple H construction, which applies H-shaped reinforcements to the floor, side frames and roof to suppress cabin deformation.
  • For 2012 models, the B-pillar reinforcement has been extended by more than seven inches and more high tensile steel was added to further increase body rigidity. 

A few other notable standard advanced safety features include: 

  • Six airbags (advanced dual front, front-seat mounted and full-length side curtain) with improved double chamber side airbags
  • A “crushable” brake and accelerator pedal assembly and collapsible steering column
  • Front seat-belt pretensioners with force limiters

 

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