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Ford’s Inflatable Seat Belts

Did you know Ford offers an inflatable 2nd-row seat belt? They do!

Ford first introduced the inflatable safety belts in the backseat of 2011 Ford Explorer, and currently offers the feature on the Explorer, Flex, and Fusion, and the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup.

In the event of a crash, the inflatable mechanism deploys across the passenger’s chest, helping to distribute the force across a greater area than a traditional seat belt alone. If you’ve ever been in a bad accident, you know the impact of your body on the seat belt can be very painful. 

It operates and looks like a conventional seat belt in everyday use, and they are compatible with infant/child car seats and booster seats. In fact, the inflatable safety belt is even said to be more comfortable in everyday use.

ford inflatable seat belt

The inflatable belt spreads crash forces over five times more area of the body than a traditional seat belt. In a crash, an accordion-fold tubular bag inflates with cold compressed gas through a specially designed buckle from a cylinder located below the seat.

This video demonstrates how they expand in a crash situation:

Among all passenger vehicle occupants in crashes during 2007–2012, 12% were seated in back. Of that 12%, children younger than age 13 accounted for 56%, teenagers from 13 to 19 made up 19%, and adults were 21% of back-seat occupants. IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety) recommends that manufacturers develop advanced restraint systems tailored for the back seat, such as inflatable safety belts that are offered with Ford.

Ford’s inflatable seat belts are providing extra safety for our children and backseat passengers. We’re big fans of that.


Thayer’s 2014 Toy Car Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again! We’ve put together our annual toy car suggestions for your little car lovers (and big kid toy enthusiasts, too!).

thayers 2014 toy car gift guide

1. Disney Frozen Ford Mustang

Fisher-Price-Disney-Frozen-Ford-Mustang--pTRU1-19291426dtAvailable at Toys-R-Us for $259.99. We just can’t let this one go. Your kids love Frozen. So it tops the list!

2. Honda Accord Remote Control Car

Premium-Black-Honda-Accord-Remote-Control-Car-a55d87f1-cd58-4b8c-819c-88b06e5fc49c_320Daddy drives a Honda Accord. Why shouldn’t junior? The Honda Accord is available at Walmart.com for only $21.94.

3. Barbie Pink Corvette Convertible & Doll Set

Barbie-Pink-Corvette-Convertible-Car--pTRU1-3682297dtWhen did Barbie get a remote control car? We were so jipped in the 80’s! Barbie is available at Toys-R-Us for $54.99.

4. Hot Wheels Car Maker



Make your own cars? Yes, please. Only $29.87 at Walmart!

5. Brian’s 1999 Fast & Furious Nissan Skyline GT-R

86208web (1)You know we had to find a Nissan for this list. And this? IS AWESOME! You can order this super obscure diecast car from Diecast Models Wholesale website for just $14.99.

6. Little Tike Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Edition


Awwww! An old classic got a make-over! Every little tike needs a cozy coupe! $42.99 at Target!

7. LEGO Movie’s Bad Cop Pursuit Play Set

lego movie playsetIf the Bad Cop doesn’t turn his face around to Good Cop, we are going to be so sad. But for real, everything is awesome on Christmas morning with this toy. You can find this at Target for $24.49.

8. Jada Hyperchargers Tuner/Exoctic R/C – Toyota Supra

shoppingVroom! Vroom! This R/C is a great value, just like a real Toyota! $14.99 at Target.

9. Fisher Price Power Wheels Ford F150

pTRU1-19132118dtOkay, so this is a little on the pricey side at $329.99. But COME ON! LOOK AT THIS THING! It may just be worth it. Available at Toy-R-Us.

10. R/C Chevy Camaro

pTRU1-16019929dtWho doesn’t want a Bumblebee Camaro with the yellowed-out wheels and lights that light up?! You can score this five-star rated at toy Toy-R-Us for $59.99.


Merry Christmas!


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