Mercedes to fit rear-seat 'Beltbag'

Mercedes-Benz has said that airbags for rear-seat passengers will soon be fitted to one of its luxury models - presumably the next S-Class, which is not too far on the horizon.

The 'Beltbag' as Mercedes calls it is basically an inflatable seatbelt and it's believed to lessen the risk of injury to rear-seat passengers during frontal collisions by reducing the strain on the ribcage that's usually caused by the seatbelt.

Beltbag offers better protection for rear seat occupants.

Once the airbag control unit detects a severe frontal impact, a gas generator inflates the multi-layered belt strap with Velcro seams to three times its normal width.

The belt is also comfortable to wear, according to Mercedes-Benz, which says its extra-soft belt strap edge allowed it to gained top points in practical trials for being “extremely comfortable to wear.”