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Future Ford Police Vehicles Could Get Partition Airbag

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a partition airbag that could be used in future Ford police vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on May 12th, 2022, published on November 16th, 2023, and assigned serial number 0365091.

Ford Patent Partition Airbag For Police Vehicles

The Ford Authority Take

In addition to filing some patents for Ford police vehicles such as ideas for a system that would combat K9 police vehicle climate control hacking and a vehicular bailout detection and mitigation system, The Blue Oval has also been exploring the idea of adding airbags as a partition between the cabin and cargo area and in between seats. Now, this newly filed patent somewhat combines those different worlds by introducing yet another new idea for a partition airbag that could be used in future Ford police vehicles, too.

Ford Patent Partition Airbag For Police Vehicles

Like all vehicles these days, Ford police vehicles come equipped with airbags designed to protect occupants in the event of a crash, but they differ from civilian models in that they’re also fitted with partitions designed to keep suspects/criminals separated from the officer driving the vehicle. Thus, the folks detained in the rear of the vehicle don’t have the same protection as the person driving the vehicle up front.

Ford Patent Partition Airbag For Police Vehicles

That’s precisely what this patent aims to address, in this case, by adding an airbag in between the partition and the rear seat. If the system detects the presence of a passenger back there – as well as an imminent collision – it would automatically inflate the airbag. Additionally, the patent explores the idea of adding another airbag in between the two front seats, providing additional protection in the event of a side crash – making both a pretty likely feature that we might one day see in future Ford police vehicles.

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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. Johnny b

    Save the taxpayer money for something better.. My grandchildren don’t have air bags in any car they’re a rear seat passenger in. Most of the police rear passengers deserve anything they get back there. Let the learning begin !

    1. Lurch

      Keep in mind that perp passengers are innocent until proved guilty and if they’re injured in an accident, they will sue and win. Convictions have been denied for lesser mishaps.

  2. Just me

    How about you just make these damne vehicles Ford. Our local law enforcement agency is dangerously low on vehicles and next vehicles won’t arrives until several more months. Of course the strikes didn’t help with this. I hope agencies drop Ford for a more dependable company.

    1. ScottyC

      All three of the police vehicle manufacturers were affected by the strike. One is as dependable as the other in this case.

  3. johnsnow

    criminals dont deserve protection cuffed in the back of a cop car. no criminals dont matter

  4. johnsnow

    people striking to make more money are idiots

    1. ScottyC

      Why? How dare they want to improve their lives by getting more $$$


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