Ford to Infuse Product Lineup With Advanced Vehicle Safety Systems
6 January 1999Ford to Infuse Product Lineup With One of the World's Most Advanced Vehicle Safety Systems
DETROIT, Jan. 6 -- Ford Motor Company this year will continue to revolutionize vehicle safety with its introduction of advanced technology enabling Ford cars and trucks to analyze accident conditions and activate safety devices to help better protect a range of occupants in a variety of frontal crash situations. "Ford is the first automaker in the world to announce a safety commitment this far-reaching," said Neil Ressler, vice president - Research and Vehicle Technology and Ford's chief technical officer. "Millions of our customers -- and their families -- stand to benefit from the state-of-the-art technologies that help create a world-leading safety system." Ford's Advanced Restraints System features nearly a dozen technologically advanced components that work together to help front-seat occupants receive significantly enhanced protection during frontal crashes -- taking into account their seating position, safety belt use and accident severity. Elements of the system -- which features technologies such as crash severity sensors, a driver-seat position sensor, a passenger weight sensor, safety belt usage sensors, dual-stage inflating air bags, safety belt pretensioners and energy management retractors -- will debut on vehicles beginning this year. The company will introduce these new technologies on new and significantly freshened models until all Ford passenger cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles have the complete Advanced Restraints System. "Ford is changing the very nature of vehicle safety," Ressler said. "We are moving beyond mechanical devices for occupant safety and are now adding to the mix a fully integrated, computer-driven system that 'thinks' about and responds to different conditions. This truly marks an evolution in occupant protection."