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Ford Launching World’s First Inflatable Belt

Debuting on new Explorer, but global roll-out to follow.

by on Nov.05, 2009

These child-sized crash dummies are wearing the new inflatable seatbelts Ford will introduce on the 2011 Explorer.

These child-sized crash dummies are wearing the new inflatable seatbelts Ford will introduce on the 2011 Explorer sport-utility vehicle.

What happens when you combine an airbag and a seatbelt?  Motorists will have the chance to find out, next year, when Ford Motor Co. launches the next-generation Explorer sport-utility vehicle, which will offer the world’s first inflatable seat belts.

The technology, which initially will be offered as an option on the 2011 SUV, will eventually roll out across Ford’s global product line-up, said the automaker’s director of safety, Sue Cischke.

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The inflatable belts “could help reduce head, neck and chest injuries,” explained Cischke, particularly among young children and the elderly, who are especially vulnerable to the impact forces of an automobile accident.

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