Ford will start adding two safety systems in its model year 2000 vehicles that should allay motorists' fears about air bags. One is Belt-Minder, a seat belt warning system that chimes if motorists do not buckle their lap/shoulder belts. If the driver's belt is fastened, the second system, the Advance Restraints System (ARS), will be able to provide maximum safety. ARS employs computer-linked sensors that measure vehicle speed, severity of the impact, occupant position in his or her seat, passenger weight, and whether occupants have fastened seat belts in order to determine if the bag should deploy and at what speed. A crash severity sensor will determine if the bags should even activate or if belts alone will do the job. ARS includes seat belt tensioners that hold occupants snugly during an impact and energy management retractors that release some belt tension in a high-speed impact to reduce the chance of chest or rib injury.


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  • Accession Number: 00764999
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 13 1999 12:00AM