Ford will no longer use inflatable seat belts for the F-150 pickupJuly 31, 2020
The American automaker has decided to eliminate the use of inflatable seat belts in its F-150 pickup. Rear seat inflatable belts will be replaced by other technologies such as pretensioners and load limiters.
The fourteenth generation of the full-size 2020 Ford F-150 pickup truck has already been presented – sales of the new item are scheduled for fall 2021. Already, the car can be ordered, but in the huge list of options you will no longer be able to find inflatable seat belts for rear passengers. According to North American auto service CarsDirect, this safety feature is no longer offered for a brand new generation of truck. In a recent interview, the same news was confirmed by a Ford spokesman.
In addition, Ford also confirmed that the rear seat belts will be removed from other models of the automaker as they are updated.
Instead of inflatable belts, other safety technologies will appear – pretensioners and load limiters.
When the automaker first introduced air belts, the US Safety Insurance Institute highlighted Ford’s technology as a possible solution to reduce rear-row passenger injury in an accident. For the first time, inflatable belts were introduced on the 2011 Ford Explorer crossover, but nevertheless, this technology caused a number of controversies. There have been compatibility issues with some child car seats, and in 2017, Ford recalled more than 117,000 F-series trucks due to faulty inflatable seat belts.
Not so long ago, our publication wrote that a modern version of the powerful Ford F-150 SVT Lightning truck was presented. A foreign artist known as TheSketchMonkey has posted a video showing what he thinks a modern version of the Ford F-150 pickup should look like in a powerful version of the SVT Lightning.
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