17 June 2011
Ergonomic right angle second generation Squib AK-2 connector provides low and stable contact resistance.
Molex Incorporated has released the Squib Right-Angle AK-2 Cable Assemblies designed for fail-safe connections in automotive safety-restraint systems.
In addition to automotive applications, the Squib Right-Angle AK-2 is suited to agricultural equipment, All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and aircraft.
“Airbags and seatbelt pretension designs have grown more complex over the last 20 years. These restraint systems are difficult to reach during the vehicle-assembly process, resulting in the need for fail-safe Squib connector mating interfaces,” explains Benoit Lehaut, Global Product Manager, Molex. “The Squib AK-2 interface ensures fully, scoop-proof connections, and reduces bent pin risks and related replacement costs that can result from improper airbag connection. The new generation of AK-2 squib connectors delivers very low mating force in a one-step movement and supports tighter design constraints by improving assembly conditions.”
The ergonomic Squib AK-2 design eliminates connector snagging on internal vehicle holes, wires and the seatbelt harness assembly. An integrated, high-blocking force CPA (Connector Position Assurance) button design provides easy and reliable one-step connector mating and prevents premature locking prior to mating. The manually serviceable CPA button can be easily gripped between two fingers and pulled back into a pre-lock position with no tools needed.
The welded-cable connection enhances electrical performance, while maintaining low, stable contact resistance under severe temperatures and vibration conditions for the vehicle’s life span.
Available in multiple wiring configurations, the right-angle Squib AK-2 interconnect system offers a reliable solution that meets major OEM requirements, ensuring compatibility with the two-way interface Code 1, 2 and 3, as defined by the global industry specifications ISO-TS 19072-4 and USCAR 999-U-002-1-Z03 (RevA00).
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