Ford Motor Co. could decide, by year-end, to put a 4-point seatbelt system in a vehicle program. That is the expectation of Stephen W. Rouhana, a physician and group leader for Ford’s safety research and development department, in his pursuit of a system he is convinced is superior to the 3-point shoulder seatbelt that has been a staple in vehicles since AB Volvo developed it in 1959. Rouhana took a trio of seatbelt systems to a pair of international auto shows last year to gauge public ...

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