Another feature comes in the form of new side airbags
featuring unique shoulder vents that stay open and reduce pressure for
smaller occupants who typically benefit from reduced forces, while taller
occupants whose shoulders block the vent could benefit from the higher
The third new airbag technology to be launched with the
all-new Focus at Ford is included in the front passenger airbags with
adaptive venting technology that diverts some of the gas from the airbag
inflators through vents outside of the airbags. The restraints control
module adjusts the level of venting based on seat position.
Explorer gets the first inflatable rear seat belts.
Ford says that the new passenger airbag is designed to
help enhance head and neck protection by better matching deployment force
with occupant size. It uses a small pyrotechnic device to force open the
vent and can provide less pressure in the airbag when it’s sufficient to
help protect the occupant.
The American brand adds that its new airbag
technologies will be part of the standard equipment on the all-new 2012
Ford Focus, which goes on sale early next year in North America. They will
be rolled out to other Ford vehicles in the next few years.
It is worth mentioning that a similar technology will
be launched in the new 2011 Ford Explorer (production begins late this
year at Ford’s Chicago manufacturing facility and Explorer will be
available in dealerships this winter), with the world’s first inflatable
rear seat belts.
Ford claims that the new inflatable second-row seat
belts spread impact forces across five times more area than conventional
seat belts, reducing pressure on the chest while helping to control head
and neck motion.