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Ford Will Save Your Kid’s Life With Their Inflatable Rear Seatbelts

Ford Inflatable Seatbelts

Well this is an absurd and ridiculously disturbing report:

“The most recent National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) found that restraint use for children from birth to seven years old in 2013 dropped two percent compared to 2012, and child restraint use in the rear seats also decreased two percent during that time.”

I mean, seriously? LESS people are using seatbelts and vehicle restraints for their young kids. LESS???!!! In the 2nd decade of the 21st century? Are we not meant to be more enlightened? Maybe this a big/small government stance by freedom fighting radicals or maybe it’s simply abject stupidity.

Buckle. Up. Your. Kids.

Ford Motor Company saw this stat as a scary trend too. Stupid and scary as hell.

Seatbelts are needed to provide vital protection for rear-seat passengers – especially young children and the elderly. This is a no brainer. Thankfully, Ford had introduced the Inflatable Rear Seatbelts in 2010. This traditional, over-the-shoulder-belt meets airbag tech is currently available on the Explorer, Flex, Fusion (“the only vehicle in its class to offer rear inflatable safety belts”,) Edge and the 2015 F-150, as well as the Lincoln MKT and MKZ. Check out the photos of the inflatable read seatbelt — it “combines airbag and seatbelt attributes to enhance protection in frontal and side collisions. The Inflatable Rear Seatbelt helps distribute crash forces across more of a passenger’s body up to five times more than a conventional belt.”

Inflatable Rear Seatbelts are freaking brilliant. Check out this Ford crash test video. Singing a Crash Test Dummies song while you do is completely your call.

Now it’s up to us. Buckle up, up front, and buckle up our kids in the back.

Ford Inflatable Seatbelts

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One Comment

  1. Awesome. Didn’t know Ford had this. Love it – good to know for consideration as I am getting ready to purchase a new SUV for my family.

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