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Industry-First Rear Inflatable Seat Belts Earn Safety Award

Ford introduced the inflatable belts on the 2011 Explorer.

by on May.06, 2011

Ford's inflatable rear seat belts won a safety award at the New York Auto Show.

Ford’s industry-first rear inflatable seat belts earned the 2011 Traffic Safety Achievement Award from the New York International Auto Show’s World Traffic Safety Symposium.

“Ford’s rear inflatable seat belt technology will enhance safety for rear seat passengers of all ages, especially young children who might be more vulnerable in crashes,” said Sue Cischke, Ford group vice president, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering.

In everyday use, the inflatable belts operate like conventional seat belts, including compatibility with infant and child safety and booster seats, Ford said.

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In the event of a frontal or side crash, the increased diameter of the inflated belt more effectively holds the occupant in the proper seating position, helping to reduce the risk of injury.