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Car use, Road safety, All of UK, North America

Rear seat ‘airbags’ close to UK launch

Inflatable ‘air bag’ rear seatbelts will soon be available in the UK as an optional extra in the new Ford Mondeo model, at a cost of £250. The new seatbelt design, which can inflate in less than 40 milliseconds, is, Ford says, being introduced “to reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear-seat passengers, [who are] often children and older passengers who can be more vulnerable to such injuries”.

In everyday use the inflatable belts operate like conventional...

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