Bump vic­tims may not be bumped off

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CAR gi­ant Volvo is to fit airbags to the FRONT of their mo­tors to help stop pedes­tri­ans dy­ing in crashes.

The ex­ter­nal airbag – mounted to the bon­net – will in­flate in the event of a prang, mak­ing pre­vi­ously fa­tal ac­ci­dents sur­viv­able.

It’s de­signed to pre­vent the most com­mon types of in­juries, when pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists roll over the bon­net and strike the me­tal pil­lars be­low and to the side of the wind­screen.

Swedish car­mak­ers Volvo say the tech­nol­ogy could be fit­ted to ALL their ve­hi­cles within eight years.

Thomas Broberg, safety ad­vi­sor to Volvo, said: “It should be ef­fec­tive in most frontal im­pacts.”

The first ex­ter­nal airbag will be fit­ted to the new V40 model, which goes on sale later this year.

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