ZF has been using a wide array of safety technologies to design systems specific to rear seating positions. These advanced safety systems address rear seat compartment specific needs such as a wider range of occupant ages and sizes, and the adjustable positions of the front seats. As with frontal safety systems, ZF has developed technologies combining airbags and seat belts in a systems approach to help protect rear seat occupants in the event of a crash.
An advanced rear airbag design is placed within the rear-facing side of the front seats to help protect rear seat occupants. Front seats that adjust in a longitudinal direction can lead to varying distances between the back of the seat and rear occupants. However, the unique shape of ZF's advanced rear airbag concept adjusts to the varying distances between the rear seat occupant and the front seat. The rear seat airbag helps to avoid high pressure loads on the occupant in order to enhance rear occupant protection.