The Audi A8

Understand the design, location, and function of the equipment of the Audi A8 sedan vehicle.

The A8 also comes with a power central locking system. This feature has almost become the norm on modern-day vehicles. If operated by first-arriving personnel at the scene of a collision involving an A8 for example, all doors, the trunk, and even the fuel filler door can be instantly unlocked. The A8 system is operable from both the driver or the passenger front door.

The A8 comes standard with a most unusual feature and a first in the US. All window glass is laminated safety glass- windshield, rear window, and side door glass. There is no temepered safety glass on the car. Two layers of glass comprise each window with a solar protective coating and the normal plastic lamination film sandwiched together. The full lamination glass enhances the vehicle's anti-theft protection. Responders should use windshield saw tools to remove all window glass. A spring-loaded center punch is ineffective in removing this type of glass.

Responders should fully consider any risks associated with utilizing these power lock systems during the early moments at the scene. In most cases, experience has shown that it will be safe to use the systems and the benefits of electrically rolling windows down, unlocking doors and releasing the trunk lid outweighs any risks involved. Once doors are unlocked and windows and doors opened, the electrical system should be shut down to maximize rescuer safety particularly in light of the loaded airbag systems that will be present.

Other features of note on the A8 include 5 MPH energy-absorbing bumpers, a 23+ gallon fuel tank, and pressurized gas strut supports for both the hood and trunk. The front and rear seat 3-point seatbelts are equipped with automatic pre-tensioner devises using pyrotechnic charges to pull slack from the seatbelt system as a collision occurs. Incidentally, this car has a sophisticated safety belt system and a special child-seat locking device. Another option the rescue personnel should be aware of is a solar-powered sunroof that generates its own electricity to operate fresh air fans when the vehicle is parked in the sun.

The A8's battery is located on the right side of the trunk. The increasingly common practice of moving batteries out of the engine compartment challenges fire and rescue personnel who must quickly disable the electrical system at an emergency scene. Potential battery locations on late-model vehicles include the engine compartment, but may also be found under seats in the passenger compartment, behind the front bumper or in the case of the A8, in the trunk, .

Rescue personnel should study Audi's A8 and become familiar with the new technology features of the vehicle and how any of them may influence your operations at a vehicle fire or extrication scene.

Task: Develop safety, rescue, and extrication procedures specific to operating at the scene of a damaged Audi A8 sedan(1997 model year and newer).