During Ford's press conference Monday, a lavishly produced film presentation showing the company's historic innovations claimed that Ford was first with a passenger-side airbag.
Well, not quite.
Actually, it was General Motors' defunct Oldsmobile division that offered the first passenger-side airbags to consumers. That came in 1973. In fact, in that year, two GM divisions had airbags in full-sized cars.
Oldsmobile offered them as optional equipment to consumers in the Toronado. Chevrolet Impalas built for government fleets offered them as optional equipment.
In 1975 and '76, Cadillac also offered airbags.
While Ford offered experimental airbags in the early 1970s, the company's first commercially available airbags didn't arrive until the mid 1980s.