2014 Ford Fusion Will Have Rear Inflatable Safety Belts

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The 2014 Ford Fusion becomes the only vehi­cle in its class to offer rear inflat­able safety belts, offer­ing addi­tional pro­tec­tion for rear seat passengers.

Find out more on Ford’s safety advan­tage to older chil­dren and adults.

  • The 2014 Ford Fusion becomes the only vehi­cle in its class to offer rear inflat­able safety belts, which com­bine the attrib­utes of safety belts and airbags
  • Rear inflat­able safety belts pro­vide addi­tional pro­tec­tion for rear-seat pas­sen­gers, who often are chil­dren or older adults more vul­ner­a­ble to head, neck and chest injuries
  • Ford intro­duced the industry’s first inflat­able safety belts on the 2011 Ford Explorer; it is now avail­able on six Ford and Lin­coln mod­els: Ford Explorer, Fusion, Flex, Tau­rus and Lin­coln MKT and Lin­coln MKZ
  • Ford Fusion own­ers ben­e­fit from a num­ber of avail­able driver-assist tech­nolo­gies, with 72 per­cent of Fusions sold equipped with Ford’s cross-traffic alert rear sens­ing tech­nol­ogy and 58 per­cent equipped with a rear-view camera

The new 2014 Ford Fusion is the only car in the pop­u­lar mid­size seg­ment to offer rear inflat­able safety belts, adding to the sedan’s suite of avail­able safety and driver-assist tech­nolo­gies. This option is also avail­able in the Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi.

Rear inflat­able safety belts com­bine the attrib­utes of safety belts and airbags. The shoul­der belt devel­oped for the out­board rear seats con­tains an airbag. Dur­ing a crash, sen­sors deter­mine when the inflat­able belt should deploy and sig­nal the belt’s tubu­lar airbag to rapidly inflate with com­pressed gas.

“The inflat­able belt is designed to help reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear-seat pas­sen­gers, often chil­dren and older pas­sen­gers who can be more vul­ner­a­ble to such injuries,” said Srini­vasan Sun­darara­jan, safety tech­ni­cal leader with Ford’s research and advanced engi­neer­ing group. “This is another unique fam­ily tech­nol­ogy that builds on our safety leadership.”

 

 

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