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Future Ford Vehicles May Get An Airbag In Their Hoods

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for an airbag located in the hood that could wind up being used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on May 12th, 2022, published on September 26th, 2023, and assigned serial number 11766990.

Ford Patent Hood Mounted Airbag

The Ford Authority Take

Ford – like most companies – files a lot of patents on essentially a daily basis, but in recent months, many of those filings have centered around the idea of adding airbags in all sorts of places that they currently don’t exist. This list includes patents outlining ideas for an external airbag system to help prevent damage in the event of a rollover accident, an external airbag to help protect pedestrians, and bumper-mounted airbags. Now, this newly filed patent keeps that trend going by presenting us with an idea for a hood-mounted airbag that could be used in future Ford vehicles as well.

Ford Patent Hood Mounted Airbag

The concept behind this patent is – as one might expect – rather simple – to protect pedestrians in the event that they collide with the front of a vehicle, which is becoming more and more common in recent years. While modern hoods and front ends have crumple zones already, an airbag could provide quite a bit of additional cushioning that might help reduce injuries, or perhaps even prevent them completely.

Ford Patent Hood Mounted Airbag

In this case, the airbag and inflator would be located underneath the hood, but in the event that an accident is about to happen, would inflate over the hood and/or front end of the vehicle. Such an idea would clearly go a long way in providing some extra protection for pedestrians that are crossing a road and find themselves in imminent danger – and given how simple this idea is, it wouldn’t be surprising to see it show up in future Ford vehicles soon.

We’ll have more on this and all Ford patents soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest¬†Ford patent news, Ford business news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Mf

    Rather than adding extra cost to fender benders and new cars, how about people stop walking into roads?

  2. Mrx19

    Great, let’s add another couple of thousand of dollars to already unaffordable vehicles, in the name of savings morons wandering accross streets staring at their phones.


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