Ford has unveiled several new airbags, which will debut on the 2012 Focus. They feature adaptive technology which aims to reduce airbag related injuries.
Ford has unveiled several new airbags, which will debut on the 2012 Focus.
The driver's front airbag features a "reconfigured curve-shaped tether system that pulls in the lower section to create a 'pocket' to help lessen the impact of the airbag on the driver's chest and ribs in frontal crashes."
Furthermore, the passenger front airbag has a pyrotechnically-operated adaptative venting system which reduces airbag pressure when it has been sufficiently inflated to protect the occupant.
Likewise, the side airbags also have a venting system but their design ditches the pyrotechnic charge for traditional vents. Mounted at shoulder level, the vents allow less pressure to be exerted on smaller passengers.
According to Sue Cischke, Ford's group vice president of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, "This is our most advanced airbag system ever in a Ford car, and is designed to enhance protection for front occupants in the most common types of crashes. Each of these airbags uses innovative technologies to help customize airbag protection to the occupant."