Seat belts are intended for safety and most states require their use. But many people are not aware that seatbelts actually can cause injury, especially to children and the elderly, in auto accidents.
Recently, Ford announced that it has taken steps to improve rear seatbelt safety in auto accidents while also encouraging their use. To accomplish this, the company is introducing new inflatable seatbelts in the rear seat of the next generation Ford Explorer.
According to Ford, the new seatbelts will go into production in 2010. Ford also notes the new seat belts will be beneficial to passengers as they are designed to spread crash forces over five times more area of the body. This, they say, also reduces pressure on the chest and controls motion of the head and neck.
The company plans to introduce this technology in vehicles globally. Here’s how it works.
Sensors first determine whether the collision is severe. If so, the belts inflate with cold compressed gas. The inflatable belt has an accordion bag that expands through the flat seatbelt fabric. These belts use cold air and inflate more slowly than a regular air bag. After they have been deployed, they slowly deflate.
Ford has been testing these belts for nearly a decade and believes they are ready to be used by the general public. We hope the new seatbelts will be successful in avoiding injury in motor vehicle accidents and will serve to protect the young and the elderly from seatbelt injury.
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For more information on seat belt use and other motor vehicle safety issues, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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