Ford has announced the 2015 Transit will be offered with a five-row side curtain airbag which represents an industry-first.

Ford has announced the 2015 Transit will be offered with a five-row side curtain airbag which represents an industry-first.

The 15-passenger wagon version of the 2015 Ford Transit is going to be equipped with a large five-row side curtain airbag which is almost 15 feet long and 3 feet tall. It has a volume of 120 liters and in case of a collision the stored gas inflates the airbag in a fraction of a second thanks to the biggest inflators in the industry.

The airbag is manufactured from a coated, polyester-based fabric holding the gas so that the bag will remain inflated for several seconds after the impact. The inflators will fill the bag in a pattern developed to manage the direction of the bag deployment as well as control cushion thickness through the entire length of the bag.

It was developed by Ford in collaboration with TRW Automotive and comes as standard on the Transit wagon, along with front airbags, three-point safety belts for all seats and safety systems such as AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control and SOS Post-Crash Alert System.

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2015 Ford Transit features industry's first five-row side curtain airbag [video]