Ford Pushes for Wider Adoption of Inflatable Seatbelts | Edmunds

Ford Pushes for Wider Adoption of Inflatable Seatbelts


Just the Facts:
  • Ford is pushing for wider adoption of its inflatable seatbelts by offering its patented technology to other companies, including its competitors.
  • The automaker said inflatable seatbelts offer enhanced protection for passengers, especially children and the elderly.
  • The inflatable seatbelt is currently available on the 2014 Ford Explorer, Flex, Fusion and the upcoming 2015 F-150, along with the 2014 Lincoln MKT and MKZ.

DEARBORN, Michigan Ford is pushing for wider adoption of its inflatable seatbelts by offering its patented technology to other companies, including its competitors.

The automaker said inflatable seatbelts offer enhanced protection for passengers, especially children and the elderly.

The inflatable seatbelt is currently available on the 2014 Ford Explorer, Flex, Fusion and the upcoming 2015 F-150, along with the 2014 Lincoln MKT and 2015 Lincoln MKZ.

"The availability of licenses may lead to the wider adoption of inflatable safety belts as other automakers seek to enhance passenger safety," Ford said in a statement on Wednesday.

The inflatable seatbelts operate like conventional seatbelts. But in a crash, the inflatable seatbelt deploys over a passenger's torso and shoulder to help distribute crash forces over up to five times more area than a traditional seatbelt.

Ford introduced the industry's first production inflatable seatbelt in 2010.

Edmunds says: Consumers should expect to see this technology gradually roll out to other vehicles in the not-too-distant future.

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