2012 Ford Focus to Feature New Airbag Technologies
DEARBORN, MI - The all-new 2012 Ford Focus will introduce new airbag technologies that enhance protection for front seat occupants in the most common frontal and side crashes, Ford Motor Co. said.
The suite of new innovations includes Ford's next-generation driver-front airbag with improved chest-protection technology. The new airbag uses 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.
Ford's side airbags feature shoulder vents that stay open and reduce pressure for smaller occupants who typically benefit from reduced forces. Taller occupants whose shoulders block the vent could benefit from the higher pressures, Ford said.
The Focus also will be Ford's first car ever to feature front passenger airbags with adaptive venting technology that diverts some of the gas from the airbag inflators through vents outside of the airbags. The restraints control module -- the control center of Ford's advanced safety systems -- adjusts the level of venting based on seat position.
The new passenger airbag is designed to help enhance head and neck protection by better matching deployment force with occupant size. This system uses a small pyrotechnic device to force open the vent and can provide less pressure in the airbag when it's sufficient to help protect the occupant.
"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," said Sue Cischke, Ford group vice president of sustainability, environment and safety engineering. "Each of these airbags uses innovative technologies to help customize airbag protection to the occupant."