Mercedes-Benz Introduces Beltbag Airbag For Rear Seat Belts

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a new safety system called Beltbag for rear seat belts. The Beltbag system is similar to the one found on the new Ford Explorer SUV, that also features inflatable rear seats.

The Beltbag system is activated when crash sensors detect a severe frontal impact. They are not triggered when a side impact occurs. When the system is activated, a gas generator inflates the multi-layered belt strap with Velcro seams to nearly three times its normal width.

Mercedes did not mention where will the Beltbag system debut, but our guess is that the new 2013 S-Class will be the first model to feature this new system.

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