Inflateable seatbelt

A car maker is introducing seatbelts that inflate like airbags to give extra protection to passengers.Ford is fitting the back seats of vehicles with belts that inflate automatically during a crash.

model show how it work

Experts say they will be particularly effective at preventing broken ribs, internal damage and bruising in children.Frail and elderly passengers will also benefit particularly from the cylindrical airbag that stretches from the buckle to the shoulder and fits inside a pocket sewn into the belt.The technology will be introduced on the latest model of Ford Explorer 4x4, which goes into production in the United States next year.If the trials work well it could open the way for the belts to be used in Britain.



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