2012 Toyota Prius C: Nine Airbags
October 4, 2012
One - steering wheel.
Our 2012 Prius C has eight more airbags.
Two - knee airbag, driver's side only.
Three - passenger airbag. Deploys from the dark panel behind the slashed dash.
Four and Five - side curtain airbags, one per side. Each one stretches from the A-pillar...
Four and Five (continued) ...to the C-pillar.
Six, Seven, Eight and Nine - seat airbags. Each front seat has two: one on the door side of the seat and another that springs from the lower seat cushion under the thighs. This is the first thigh airbag I've run across, and I can only presume its function is to prevent the occupant from submarining under the belts. If I've got this visualized right only low-slung cars would need such a thing.
In total, the driver is cocooned by five airbags, the front passenger gets four and the outside rear seat occupants get one each. If that doesn't add up to nine for you, remember that while there are no rear seat side airbags, the rear occupants will benefit from the side curtain bags that cover the glass from the the a-pillar to the c-pillar.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 7,540 miles