The Ford Ranger is already one of the safest, best-equipped pick-up trucks available in Malaysia. But in Ford’s home turf, it’s getting yet another update in the safety department. 2019 models will be receiving ”Belt Monitor”, which will alert the driver if any of the second-row passengers unbuckle their seatbelts.

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

Belt Monitor will be able to identify which of the 3 rear passengers hasn’t got the seatbelts on. A Ford engineer commented that the company was hoping to make Belt Monitor a standard feature on every Ranger.

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

In Malaysia, cars like the Haval H2 already come with a similar system.

Coincidentally, rival Chevrolet introduced another seatbelt system about a week ahead of Ford in the U.S. too. Their version is called “Buckle to Drive” and it’s aimed at reminding teens to buckle up before driving. It’s a standard feature on their Traverse.