Ford has upped the ante in the midsize sedan class by offering rear inflatable seat belts for the 2014 Fusion lineup. The inflatable belts look and act like your normal seat belt but in a crash, sensors will determine whether 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. This is another unique family technology that builds on our safety leadership,” said Srinivasan Sundararajan, safety technical leader with Ford’s research and advanced engineering group.
Ford first introduced the inflatable rear seat belts in the 2011 Explorer and has since expanded it to Ford Flex, Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKT, and Lincoln MKZ.
The inflatable seat belts will set you back $190.00.