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Ford seems to be rolling out a new technology aimed at the future of passive safety devices. These new technologies like the airbag, side-curtain airbags, anti lock brakes, and many others are great shots to take when thinking about lowering your car insurance premium.

“It feels a lot different; it’s softer and more lightly woven,” says Sue Cischke, group vice president of sustainability, environmental and safety engineering. “When we asked people to sample them, they said it feels less rigid and more comfortable.”

Among the technical hurdles: the rear belts’ air bags had to be much gentler than front air bags, which inflate with enough force to break out through the instrument panel, then release hot gas as they deflate. The belts will inflate with less force and use cool gas, Sundararajan says, making them safer for passengers of all sizes.


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