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Ford Transit Van Gets 15-Foot-Long Side Airbag

by Paul Strauss

I’ve always wondered what could be done to improve safety in large vans and buses, which have limited protection for passengers. With their new 15-passenger edition of their Transit van, Ford has added what could be the largest automotive airbag of all time.

Ford worked with TRW Automotive to develop a side-curtain airbag measuring a whopping 15-feet-long by 3-feet-wide to help protect occupants in the event of a side-impact crash. It’s a pretty amazing feat, and definitely raises the playing field for van safety.

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In addition to the side-curtain airbags, the Transit includes three-point safety belts for every seat, a stability control system to reduce rollover risk, and Ford’s SOS Post-Crash Alert System, which can help make it easier to locate the vehicle in the event of a crash.

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