University of Michigan trauma surgeon praises Ford Motor's new seatbelt airbags
Ford Motor Co. unveiled new safety belts with built-in airbags for rear seat passengers yesterday, which the company says will likely reduce injury to children and elderly passengers in the event of a car crash, the New York Times and other national media outletsÂ reported yesterday.
Ford said children and older people commonly sit in the back seat and are more susceptible to being injured in a crash, particularly in the head, chest or neck, than other occupants of a vehicle.
At the unveiling yesterday, University of Michigan trauma surgeon Stewart C.Wang praised the development, the Times reported.
“Vehicle safety has come a long away, but the focus has been on the front seat,” said Wang, who is also the director of the university’s Program for Injury Research and Education. He spoke at the unveiling of the seat belt Thursday.
“We’re very happy that attention is now being paid to improving occupant protection in the rear.”