2021 Ford F-150 Won't Offer Inflatable Seatbelts

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - July 29, 2020

Ford's new F-150 certainly won't offer any shortage of features with options for hybrid power, work-friendly enhancements, and handsfree driving capabilities. However, an order guide reveals that one of the brand's signature safety features — inflatable rear safety belts — has been discontinued in the redesigned truck.

The current F-150 offers inflatable rear safety belts as a $200 option in Crew Cab configurations. According to a report last year from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), inflatable belts (video below from Ford Europe) can distribute forces across the torso to limit the chance of a seatbelt-related injury.

Although Ford still offers inflatable seatbelts in models like the 2020 Expedition, the brand has already eliminated the feature in the soon-to-be-discontinued Ford Fusion. As we reported last summer, 2020 Fusions actually stopped offering inflatable rear seatbelts as an available option in the range-topping Titanium trim.

Having said all of that, the F-150 will arguably still offer more safety features than ever before. For example, Ford Co-Pilot360 comes as standard equipment with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic headlamps/high beams, active lane-keeping, and a rearview camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist.

Things start to get confusing from there. Beyond that point, you can upgrade to "Co-Pilot360 2.0" for additional features like blind-spot warning, Reverse Brake Assist, and post-collision braking. The next level up is Co-Pilot Assist 2.0, which adds adaptive cruise control, evasive steering, and a connected navigation system.

But wait, there's more. A similar option called the Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 Prep Package is available on higher trims and gets you Active Drive Assist, a hands-free driving feature Ford expects to enable via a software update sometime next year. The package also includes a new parking feature called Active Park Assist 2.0.

While there certainly won't be a shortage of safety features, inflatable rear seatbelts clearly aren't in the cards for the next-gen F-150.

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, Senior Pricing Analyst

As CarsDirect’s resident pricing analyst, Alex offers must-know analysis of pricing & incentives to those looking to buy or lease a car. His consumer-oriented coverage of the latest trends and breaking news has been featured in publications such as Car and Driver, Motor Trend, Automobile Magazine and Autoblog.

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