Among many technological advancements taking place in the automobile industry, safety is top most priority for most of the manufacturers. While companies like Volvo are famous for taking up safety first philosophy, American auto giant, Ford Motors is no behind. Ford has developed one of its kind, and first in the market knee airbag that comes fitted in the glovebox.
Ford has installed the first batch of these airbags in the new Ford Mustang. The aim here is to free the space for passengers by removing the airbags from the instrument panel. Instead, the airbag now is installed in the lid of the glovebox, sandwiched between inner and outer surface of the lid. Also, instead of using conventional textile, it is made of a plastic mould.
The airbag fitted inside the glovebox is designed in such a way that it measures 46 cm in length, 28 cm in width and weighs 65% less than a regular knee airbag. But reduced weight doesn't mean that the protection is compromised and it offers the same amount of protection as does a conventional airbag, albeit with taking up a lesser area in the car.
A small gas generator inside the glovebox lid actuates as soon as a collision occurs and inflates the bladder within 20 milliseconds. This inflated bladder pushes the exterior face of the lid outwards and provides protection to the leg. The Ford engineer finalized this design after going through hundreds of failures over the past several years and the innovation has already been granted 23 patents, which also helps deliver better fuel efficiency.
Ford is serious about safety, not only globally but also in India. While the new Mustang was awarded with highest possible safety standards by North American authorities as it comes loaded with eight airbags, Ford recently launched the Aspire in India that gets a total of six airbags, a first in its class, showing the commitment of Detroit based manufacturer towards safety.
Ford is going to launch the Mustang in the Indian market for the very first time in the near future.