Molded-in-Color PP Instrument Panel with Seamless Passenger Airbag
Traditionally, the passenger airbag door for an instrument panel (I/P) is a separate component assembled to the substrate, where the panel has an opening for the airbag module. The airbag door (usually made of TPE material) arrives to the assembly line from the airbag module supplier to be installed to the I/P. The grain and gloss between the door cover and the I/P class “A” surface must match closely. This paper describes the implementation of the passenger airbag door as an integral part of the instrument panel. This approach provides superior craftsmanship to the vehicle interior system. The I/P area that contains the seamless passenger airbag is weakened from the B-surface.