As moms the safety and security of our families and more importantly, our children is a top priority. We only hope for the best for our kids. Moms want them to grow up healthy and strong. Along with keeping our homes safe through installing properly working smoke detectors, keeping sharp objects and poisons away from small children and locking our doors at night and while we are away; moms also want to make sure the vehicles their children travel in are safe too.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “A total of 1,045 children died in motor vehicle crashes in 2008 (In the United States). This is an 18 percent decline from 2008 and a 71 percent decline from 1975. The percentage of child deaths who were male declined from 62 percent in 1975 to 58 percent in 2008…A total of 25,428 passenger vehicle occupants died in 2008, 17 percent less than in 1975. However, the distribution of vehicle types among these crashes has changed. Car occupant deaths have declined 39 percent since 1975, while pickup occupant deaths have risen 37 percent and SUV occupant deaths are more than 9 times as high.”
We can help these statistics go down even more by choosing a vehicle with top safety ratings and features. The new 2011 Ford Explorer raises the bar when it comes to safety for your family. Ford has come up with the world’s first second-row inflatable rear belts.
Children and older adults are usually the passengers in the rear of the vehicle. These rear seated passengers are more likely to suffer from head, neck and chest injuries if involved in an accident. Ford’s unique inflatable rear belts spread impact forces across more than five times the area than conventional seat belts which reduces the pressure on the chest while helping control head and neck motion.
Along with these world class safety belts, the all new 2011 Ford Explorer comes equipped with a SYNC hands-free, voice-activated integrated communications and entertainment system combined with the MyFord Touch driver connect technology to keep drivers focused on driving with their eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel.
The collision warning with brake support technology and curve control actually applies the breaks when these systems sense an irregularity. This helps the driver avoid an accident by bringing the vehicle back in safe control.
Only Ford has the MyKey, which allows parents to preset limits on vehicle speed and audio system levels for their teenage drivers. MyKey also prevents deactivation of dynamic control systems and allows parents to set speed warnings. MyKey helps to prevent young drivers from becoming distracted on the road.
Along with the family friendly safety features mentioned above, the all new 2011 Ford Explorer has a uni body configuration body structure. This stiff structure comprised of strong steels is designed and developed to exceed stringent rollover standards.
The 2011 Ford Explorer has two airbags in the front, two side second-generation airbags and a safety canopy consisting of side curtain airbags for all three rows of passenger seating.
In the second-row seat locations this vehicle also includes the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system for attaching child safety seats. Explorer also features an SOS Post-Crash Alert System. functionality. In the event of an accident that results in airbag deployment or fuel system cutoff, the vehicle automatically dials the emergency operator. This service is free and requires no subscription.
With all these wonderful features you can be confident that your family will be safe riding in the all new 2011 Ford Explorer.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was compensated for writing this by the Ford Motor Company. All opinions are 100% mine.