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Blow-up seat belts will give greater crash protection in rear car seats
Thu, 28 Jun 2012

Cars in Britain are to have inflatable rear seat-belts fitted for the first time.

The blow-up belts will be available from next year and will combine the restraint of a seat-belt with the protective cushioning of an airbag .

According to Ford, with young children or a grandparent usually sat in the back of its family cars, the the seat-belts would inflate almost instantly in an accident to protect the fragile bones and vulnerable organs of back-seat passengers.

The Ďair-beltsí comply with European Union safety legislation and will be available in Europe as an optional extra for around £250 in the new Ford Mondeo, which will be on sale from the middle of next year. The technology is likely to be offered in Fordís other cars, however a spokesman said it will not be shared with its rivals.

The firmís seat-belt engineer, Joerg Doering, said: "The seatbelts had been designed specifically for back-seat passengers, who do not have the protection of airbags. He added that the aim was to reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear-seat passengers, often children and older passengers who can be more vulnerable to such injuries.
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