The new 2014 Ford Fusion is now the first vehicle in its segment to offer inflatable rear safety belts. These seatbelts add together the features of safety belts and airbags, using sensors to determine when the inflatable belt will deploy in the event of an accident.
The inflatable safety belt was originally introduced on the 2011 Ford Explorer, and is now available on the Ford Flex and Ford Taurus, as well as the Lincoln MKT and MKZ. This technology will also be featured on the Ford Mondeo when it hits the Australian market in 2014.
“The inflatable seat belt is designed to help reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear-seat passengers, often children and older passengers who can be more vulnerable to such injuries. This is another unique family technology that builds on our safety leadership,” said Srinivasan Sundararajan, safety technical leader with Ford’s research and advanced engineering group, in a recent interview.
These inflatable seatbelts function like normal seatbelts, and are even compatible with child car seats and boosters. These unique seatbelts help to distribute the crash force over larger areas of the passenger’s torso, helping to reduce chest pressure, as well as controlling the head and neck movement. As one of the safest places for children in the event of an accident, Ford steps up its commitment to make sure all occupants are safe.