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    Coming to a Ford near you: an inflatable seat belt/air bag



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    Ford Introduces Seatbelt/Air Bag Hybrid To Save Little Johnny And Grampa

    Airbags have become a crucial part of the safety features in any modern car. Unfortunately, they only protect people in the front seats. To solve this problem, Ford has created a combination seat belt/airbag for passengers in the back of the vehicle.

    The inflatable seat belts blow up upon impact of a certain force, quickly expanding and providing added restraint and protection for people riding in the back seat of cars. And since the passenger in the back seat is more likely to be a child or elderly person, that extra protection really goes a long way.

    Ford plans to introduce the inflatable seat belts in their next version of the Explorer, with the belt presumably included to the rest of their line as time goes on.
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    How about the foam used in Demolition Man? Messy, but whatthehell?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Mordrid View Post
    How about the foam used in Demolition Man? Messy, but whatthehell?
    Danger of asphyxiation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TransformX View Post
    Danger of asphyxiation.
    Unless it's based on a shear thickening (a type non-Newtonian) fluid. These harden on compression then turn back to a fluid when the pressure releases. Dow Corning is prepping body armor based on them and the US and Canadian ski teams wore protective garments based on the tech at the last Winter Olympics.

    I'm sure there are other ways to cause the foam to disassociate as well.
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