The Ford Personal Safety System reduces the risk of injury for people riding in the front seat during a moderate to severe frontal collision. The system uses crash severity sensors, safety belt usage sensors, dual-stage driver and front-passenger air bags, driver’s seat position sensors, and front outboard safety belt pretensioners.
The new Intelligent Safety System uses information from vehicle sensors to determine important information during an accident, including crash severity and occupant size, position and safety belt status.
In the event of a frontal crash, the following technologies work to engage advanced safety features to help protect the driver and front seat passenger:
—Seat Track Position Sensor: Detects how far back the seats are positioned to determine the appropriate inflator output
—Adaptive Load-Limiting Retractors: Adjust the safety belt reaction to the needs of the individual passengers
—Adaptive Steering Column: Provides two levels of absorption
—Adaptive Airbag Inflation: Determines what further levels of inflation are necessary during a variable time delay between the first and second output
—Adaptive Airbag Venting: Diverts gas from the airbags when less powerful airbags are needed
—Enhanced Occupant Classification System: Identifies five stages of occupancy—empty seat, child presence, small adult, medium adult, or large adult
—Adaptive Airbag Tethers: Deploy to match airbag shape and size to the specific needs of each occupant.
To enhance chest-area protection, side-impact airbags come standard on most models. Additionally, new door armrests and door trim have been added to the system to provide additional cushion to the abdomen and torso and a 4-inch thick foam block inside each door protects the occupant’s hips during side impact.
The Intelligent Safety System comes standard on the Explorer and Mountaineer.
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