Ford Escape: How does the Personal Safety System™ work? - Personal Safety System™ - Seating and Safety Restraints - Ford Escape Owner's ManualFord Escape: How does the Personal Safety System™ work?

The Personal Safety System can adapt the deployment strategy of your vehicle’s safety devices according to crash severity and occupant conditions. A collection of crash and occupant sensors provides information to the Restraints control module (RCM). During a crash, the RCM may activate the safety belt pretensioners and/or either one or both stages of the dual-stage airbag supplemental restraints based on crash severity and occupant conditions.

The fact that the pretensioners or airbags did not activate for both front seat occupants in a collision does not mean that something is wrong with the system. Rather, it means the Personal Safety System determined the accident conditions (crash severity, belt usage, etc.) were not appropriate to activate these safety devices. Front airbags are designed to activate only in frontal and near-frontal collisions (not rollovers, side impacts or rear impacts) unless the collision causes sufficient longitudinal deceleration. The pretensioners are designed to activate in frontal, and in side collisions and rollovers.

    Personal Safety System™
    The Personal Safety System provides an improved overall level of frontal crash protection to front seat occupants and is designed to help further reduce the risk of airbag-related injuries. The syst ...

    Driver and passenger dual-stage airbag supplemental restraints
    The dual-stage airbags offer the capability to tailor the level of airbag inflation energy. A lower, less forceful energy level is provided for more common, moderate-severity impacts. A higher energ ...

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    Limitations
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    Certification for the Handsfree system
    FCC WARNING Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment. NOTE This device compli ...

    Control panel
    Control panel 1) Temperature control dial 2) Fan speed control dial 3) Airflow control dial 4) Control switch of the defogger and deicer system (Refer to “Defogger and deicer”.) 5) Ai ...