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Future Ford Vehicles Could Get Airbag For Child Seats

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for child seat airbags that may be used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on May 26th, 2023, published on June 18th, 2024, and assigned serial number 12012063.

Ford Patent Child Seat Airbag

The Ford Authority Take

Ford has filed a rather large number of airbag-related patents over the past few years, a trend that has included proposals for adding that type of safety feature in order to protect pets riding in vehicles via specially-placed airbags and even restraints. However, pets aren’t the only precious cargo that many people tend to haul around in their vehicles – rather, young children are also worth adding protection for, and that’s precisely what this newly-filed patent is for, specifically, child seat airbags that may be used in future Ford vehicles.

Ford Patent Child Seat Airbag

Child seats have long been used as a way to protect small children from injury while riding around in vehicles, though they rely solely on restraints built into those removable seats, coupled with seat belts installed in a vehicle. Here, Ford proposes adding an airbag in the bottom, center portion of the rear seat, which could then inflate in the event of an accident, covering the child in the seat and presumably reducing their chance of being injured.

Ford Patent Child Seat Airbag

This special airbag would inflate from the bottom of the center seat and cover the entire child seat, providing a good bit of protection in case an accident does occur. Otherwise, it functions much like any other type of existing airbag, which seemingly gives it a pretty solid chance of one day becoming a feature that’s included in Ford vehicles.

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 non-stop 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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