Ford Transit gets Industry’s Only Five-Row Airbag

Ford Transit gets Industry’s Only Five-Row Airbag

The 2015 Ford Transit will have plenty of ways to keep its 15 passengers safe.

The American automaker has announced that the Transit will have the automotive industry’s only five-row side-curtain airbag, which will be the largest in any Ford vehicle. Designed to provide enhanced head and neck protection in the event of a side-impact or rollover crash, the side-curtain airbag is part of Ford’s Safety Canopy System.

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Filling in a fraction of a second, the massive airbag measures in at 15 feet long and three feet tall. According to Ford, the inflators fill the bag in a pattern engineered to manage the direction of bag deployment and control cushion thickness throughout the length of the bag.

“This airbag technology is unique in its purpose, which is to help provide protection across five rows of passengers in a cabin that is more spacious than the more traditional light-duty vehicle,” said Norbert Kagerer, vice president, Occupant Safety Systems Engineering for TRW Automotive. “The stringent customer and industry regulatory requirements for airbags called for developing a system that provides appropriate occupant protection in a smart package.”

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