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New adaptive airbags for new Ford Focus

By SYF77 on 22 Sep 2010

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A new range of adaptive airbags will be featured on the new Ford 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.

In addition, 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."

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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