Saturday, November 7, 2009

Blow-Up Belts

US car manufacturer, Ford, is poised to introduce inflatable rear seat belts in its cars, it was announced recently.

blowbelt.jpgThis new technology will provide additional protection to rear-seat passengers in the event of a crash.

The next-generation Ford Explorer, to be launched next year will be equipped with it first before being introduced into all of Ford vehicles worldwide.

In the event of a crash, the belts would inflate over the torso and shoulder in just 40 milliseconds, exerting pressure over five times more body area than conventional seat belts.

This additional force helps hold the passenger in the safest sitting position, reduces pressure on the chest and limits movements of the head and neck.

In normal use, the inflatable belts work just like conventional belts and can be safely used with children's safety and booster seats.

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