If you’ve ever had the misfortune to slam your brakes on because some amateur motorist unfairly cuts you up, once you’ve flicked them the Vs and calmed yourself down you’ll be hit with a sharp pain over your right shoulder from where your seatbelt has permanently scarred you in.
To help ease these problems (and more importantly for safety reasons) Ford are set to launch brand new seatbelts that are loaded with an on-impact air bag. Think steering wheel airbag but for a seatbelt and you’re there. The new inflatable seatbelts have been designed to prevent the all to common broken ribs associated with car accidents and will fully inflate in less that 40 milliseconds.
Ford will add the new airbag seatbelts to their Ford Explorer 4x4 and will be on the road in the US by the end of next year.