2019 Ford Ranger seat belt detector shows who’s strapped in and who’s not

New Belt Monitor safety technology constantly monitors both front and rear belt usage in the 2019 Ford Ranger, showing which belt has been undone in the instrument cluster
New Belt Monitor safety technology constantly monitors both front and rear belt usage in the 2019 Ford Ranger, showing which belt has been undone in the instrument cluster

Hoping that everyone keeps their seat belt on while driving is not exactly the best safety policy.

To ensure rear seat passengers stay buckled up, every 2019 Ford Ranger is equipped with an innovative safety technology called Belt Monitor. The feature alerts the driver if a second row passenger unbuckles and indicates which seat they’re in.

“Whether you’re on the freeway or the trail, we want to make sure everyone who puts a seat belt on keeps it on,” said Paul Kula, Ford electrical systems engineer. “We hope that making Belt Monitor a standard feature in every Ford Ranger will provide extra peace of mind for the driver.”

While other seat belt systems only monitor front and rear passengers as the driver initially pulls away, Ranger alerts a driver when any passenger unbuckles while driving. By flagging the specific seat position, the driver can remind occupants to buckle up again.

Ranger’s Belt Monitor is the first rear seat belt reminder system to debut in Ford’s truck lineup. First introduced on the 2018 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, Belt Monitor will roll out across the entire North American lineup over the next few years.

The 2019 Ford Ranger is powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmissionThe 2019 Ford Ranger is powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission

The all-new Ford Ranger brings other smart driver-assist technologies, advanced passenger convenience and connectivity features like standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and 4G LTE Wi-Fi with connectivity for up to 10 devices.

Ford Co-Pilot360 technologies like Lane-Keeping System and class-exclusive Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage are standard on Ranger XLT and Lariat trim levels. Additional driver-assist technologies including adaptive cruise control and forward and reverse sensing systems are available on XLT and Lariat trucks.