What Are We Going to Call This??
I have a question. What are we going to call the part of a vehicle's roof structure when there is one A-pillar at the roofline but at the dashboard level, it splits into two A-pillars? You've seen this new design, haven't you? The A-pillar at dash level is actually two separate pillars. Many times there may even be a glass window in between the two pillars.
So, what do we call it? How do we train on this and how do we handle this at an incident scene?
We could just continue to call the entire structure the 'A-pillar' but it's different than a normal pillar. I think maybe we should call it a 'double A-pillar' or maybe a 'split A-pillar'; something that draws attention to the fact that at the base, you would have to cut two separate pillars if you were taking the roof off at dash level. What do you suggest?
Here is this new A-pillar design as seen on a Toyota Prius.