It's The Little Things: Ford Introduces Edge-saving Door Protector

Mike Stevens | Sep 23, 2011

Forget the optional and after-market detachable door edges, Ford has announced a new pop-out protector that will figure among the new Focus range's first European-market updates in 2012.

Kept out of sight inside the door edge while closed, the rubber Door Edge Protector is designed to pop out when the door is opened, instantly protecting your car - and the car next to yours - from accidental chips and dents.

The system works by using a spring-loaded protector that flips out automatically when the door is opened, releasing the spring. When the door is closed, a pushpin in the front ede of the door pulls on an internal cable to retract the protector.

The protector flips back into place in under 60 milliseconds - more than enough time to slam the door in a hurry, if you're so inclined.

Ford says the protector will last for "thousands" of uses, and it can be unclipped and replaced easily by the owner when it eventually wears down.

Whether or not the gadget will be standard equipment or an optional extra has not been confirmed.

This is no slow-day report; we've got kids, we reckon this is big news.

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  • Dave Raymond says,
    4 years ago
    Pity it doesn't protect the other car against dents.....
    • super matthew
      Super Mattthew says,
      4 years ago
      I think it's supposed to, though. And unless you gave it a really hard bash, surely the spring-loaded protector is going to do a good job of saving both cars, not just your own.

      At the very least, it's better than no protection at all. Kind of limited options here, right?
  • Poisson says,
    4 years ago
    Springs, cables, push-pins... is this all necessary? The definition of "engineer" is a person who can do for a dollar what any fool could do for ten. Maybe Ford need to get some engineers working in their door protection department.
  • Grumps
    Grumps says,
    4 years ago
    Should be compulsory on EVERY vehicle!

    I have lost count of the dents and scratches my poor car has copped from uncaring people.
  • Grumps
    Grumps says,
    4 years ago
    On second thought, this might actually ENCOURAGE people to carelessly fling their doors open, knowing that their car is protected but too bad about the one next to them mad
  • cyclone says,
    4 years ago
    It would want to be standard. Who would pay extra for something that is going to benefit the car you park next to!!!
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