The secret lives of Ford’s crash test dummies

October 30, 2014

Did you know that the seatbelt has made the biggest contribution to safety in the history of motoring?

In the past 50 years alone, it is estimated that seatbelts have saved more than a million lives. In fact, every time you buckle up you reduce your chances of being killed in a car crash by 50 per cent or more.

 

 

Seatbelts and airbags help prevent drivers from slamming into the steering wheel and front seat passengers from impacting the instrument panel and windscreen. While seatbelts protect rear seat passengers in a wide range of crash conditions, thanks to Ford, the supplemental protection provided by airbag-type technology in the front seats is now becoming available in the rear seat.

Since the three-point belt was invented by Nils Rohlin in the 1950s, seatbelt designs have continued to evolve, but now there’s a more advanced, smarter version coming to Europe courtesy of Ford.

 

Because it covers five times more body area than a standard seatbelt when inflated, it can further reduce the risk of chest and neck injury.

Ford’s Inflatable Rear Seatbelt makes its debut in Europe on the all new Mondeo and will be offered on other models in the future, too.