Ford shows us how secure is the 2013 B-MAX

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 20, 2012

Buying an all-new Ford B-MAX guarantees excellent protection against all types of accidents as well as class-topping access to the cabin. Ford of Europe’s chief programme engineer Klaus-Peter Tamm said that its key objective was to make sure that occupants are safe and that they reap all the benefits of the Ford Easy Access Door System.

As part of this car’s development, the team filed numerous patent applications for its various engineering solutions. One of the highlights of the B-MAX is that its front and rear doors have been reinforced with ultra-high-strength boron steel in key load-bearing areas with high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels making up 58% of the body and door structure.

Crash energy during a side impact is absorbed by the door frames. But when the impact is much greater, the doors stay attached to the roof and floor structure with the help of special crash catchers that lock the doors together, a reinforced latch mechanism and an integrated central pillar. Seven state-of-the-art airbags have been placed in the new B-Max, the same number as the Fiesta.

These include driver and front-seat passenger airbags, 3D Thorax side airbags, curtain airbags that run the full length of the cabin as well as a driver’s knee airbag. Those carrying a rear-facing child seat can deactivate the front passenger airbag via a standard instrument panel switch – the first Ford to have this feature.

Crash protection is truly outstanding as its front seats were specially designed with integrated seat belt and restraint systems and high strength steels were used for the fabrication of the seat structure and mounting points. The two front seats have a new four-way adjustable head rest which can be moved horizontally to raise safety and comfort. Its seatbelt has twin pretensioners and the rear seats get Isofix mountings so that child seats can be easily fitted in.

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