Ford is introducing a new feature designed to prevent dents and scratches. The feature called Door Edge Protector will debut early next year on the Ford Focus. The system works automatically when the door is opened, a protective flap concealed in the door moves into position in a fraction of a second as the door opens providing a buffer that prevents damage to paint and bodywork.
Matthew Avery, crash and safety research manager at Thatcham, the UK Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre said “the small scuffs and scratches that result from car doors being opened into obstacles, or from having a car door opened into your own vehicle, can be frustrating for car owners, often too small to be covered by insurance but expensive to have repaired out of car owners’ own pockets. Ford’s new Door Edge Protector is an excellent innovation for preventing these annoying dents and scratches. Any system that can reduce the risk of damage to your own or someone else’s vehicle is worthy of recognition, but one that operates so effectively without affecting the looks or performance is particularly noteworthy.”
Ford’s Door Edge Protector helps prevent damage for these car owners by fully extending into its protective position at a door opening gap of less than 15cm. The feature defends against more than 90 per cent of variously positioned obstructions to the front doors and 85 per cent at the rear doors.
Offering maximum protection with minimal impact on weight and without affecting existing mechanisms or side impact performance, the Door Edge Protector retracts in just 60 milliseconds to allow for doors being slammed shut and includes a clutch mechanism that prevents damage if the flap is obstructed when returning. A special rubber compound is used that can withstand thousands of usage cycles and creates a minimum of noise as it springs into position. The protective flap is quickly and easily replaced by heavy users, with the unit simply clipping into place.