Ford is committed to making its cars as safe for its passengers as possible, and the Rear Inflatable Seatbelt offers exceptional protection for people in the back seats.
Ford’s innovative seatbelt technology combines an airbag with a belt to create the ultimate torso protection. It is going to be fitted to rear seats to offer those passengers airbag protection too, as the front passengers already benefit from airbags.
Rather than a simple, material belt, the inflatable variant is larger to cover more of the chest and softer. It only fills with air when the vehicle senses a crash, to provide extra protection.
Much like a balloon, the seatbelt is empty when you’re driving around normally. If the vehicle’s sensors detect a crash, they will fill with a highly-compressed gas to create strong yet cushioning support in a matter of milliseconds. They are designed to keep the body supported and to put less strain on the chest to help prevent an injury. The gases are different to the ones in conventional airbags because these would be too hot to be close to the skin.
Passengers in the rear seats are often children, who can get hurt from the pressure of a seatbelt on their chest. This inflatable system is far more protective than conventional seatbelts as it forms a cushion and covers a larger area of the chest. According to Ford, these seatbelts spread the force of the crash over five times more area of the body, relieving much of the pressure. They’re more comfortable when not inflated, too.
This technology is available with the Ford Mondeo.
For more information on this new technology and to find out when it will be appearing on the new models, contact Gates Ford today.