Dash Support Pipe and Dash Tie Downs
My March University of Extrication article will focus on how the newest vehicles are being designed with fatter A- and B-pillars. In the article, I use images from a 'body in white' display vehicle. It is a 2012 Cadillac ATS body.
In the March article, I explain how this new design is very popular with many of the 2012 vehicles as the manufacturers strive to address improved crashworthiness. I make recommendations in how we will need to alter our dash rolling, dash jacking, and B-pillar removal evolutions to be ready for this new 'architecture'.
The other opportunity that this structure gave me is to provide a good look at a dash support pipe and the two dash tie downs that secure the pipe to the center tunnel. Here are some images... Post any questions you have and I'll fill you in on this new design trend.