Ford's new inflatable seatbelts, which are designed to provide additional protection for rear-seat occupants
The seat belts after deflating
An inflated seat belt
Dean Jaradi, Advance Research Engineer of the inflatable belt with a belt before it has been inflated (Photo: Sam VarnHagen/Ford Motor Co.)
Most seat belts are designed to stretch during a crash to reduce the force of impact on the wearer while still preventing contact with the interior of the vehicle. Ford has gone one step further with plans to introduce inflatable seat belts designed to reduce the pressure on the chest and help control head and neck motion in rear seat passengers, spreading the crash force across five times more of the occupant’s torso than conventional seat belts.
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