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According to a Ford patent, the Bronco will be getting a "removable seatbelt post for a vehicle having a removable roof." An abstract, background and summary included in the patent doc explained what can be seen in the patent images:

Abstract
"A vehicle includes a body, a removable roof, and a removable seatbelt post. The body has a pillar that includes a pillar receptacle. The removable roof has a roof pillar adapted to be received within the pillar receptacle and removably fastened to the pillar in a first configuration. The removable seatbelt post includes a first portion having a seatbelt ring. The removable seatbelt post further includes a second portion adapted to be received within the pillar receptacle and removably fastened to the pillar in a second configuration."

Background
"Sport utility vehicles may be equipped with a removable roof that functions to cover the passenger compartment and may also be removed to provide an open-air driving experience. Removable roofs may be one-piece shells, or may have panels made of textile materials or rigid panels that are attached to roof rails and roof bows."

Summary
"In at least one approach, a vehicle is provided. The vehicle may include a body having a pillar that includes a pillar receptacle. The vehicle may further include a removable roof having a roof pillar adapted to be received within the pillar receptacle and removably fastened to the pillar in a first configuration. The vehicle may further include a removable seatbelt post including a first portion having a seatbelt ring. The removable seatbelt post may further include a second portion adapted to be received within the pillar receptacle and removably fastened to the pillar in a second configuration. [0004] In at least one approach, a removable seatbelt post is provided. The removable seatbelt post may include a first portion, a second portion, and a third portion. The first portion may define a first central axis and including a seatbelt ring. The second portion may extend from the first portion and may define a second central axis coaxial with the first central axis. The second portion may include vertically aligned apertures. The third portion may extend from the second portion and may define a third central axis that extends at an oblique angle to the second central axis. The third portion may include a mounting bracket secured thereto. [0005] In at least one approach, a removable seatbelt post is provided. The removable seatbelt post may include a vertical body portion, a seatbelt ring pivotably secured to the vertical body portion, a brace portion, and a mounting bracket secured to an end of the brace portion. The vertical body portion may define a plurality of apertures aligned along a vertical axis. The brace portion may extend from the vertical body portion at an oblique angle to the vertical axis. The mounting bracket may extend in a plane generally orthogonal to the vertical axis. [0006] In at least one approach, a method of converting a vehicle is provided. The method may include detaching a seatbelt ring from a roof pillar of a removable roof, and detaching the removable roof from a body pillar of a vehicle body structure. The method may further include securing a vertically-extending seatbelt post to the body pillar, and securing the seatbelt ring to the seatbelt post."

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The the roll cage can be easily removed it's going to be a big advantage for the Bronco against the Wrangler. A lot of people will have fun with that in the summer.
 

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I just hope when it gets fully revealed that it doesn't come off as a Wrangler copy and that Ford does enough to have it stand out as a true Bronco. .
 

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some new coverage on the Bronco's roof options that should come on production models:

2 Ford Patents Could Be for Upcoming Bronco
Ford is patenting a removable roof frame and repackable airbags, and illustrations seem to show they both belong on the upcoming Bronco.
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  • A pair of patent applications filed by Ford with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office appear to involve features for the upcoming Bronco's roof.
  • The first patent is for a removable roof structure that gets rid of the B-, C-, and D-pillars as well as roof rails and crossbeams, providing a true open-air experience.
  • The second patent is for roof-rail-mounted airbags that can be repacked to retain driver visibility after an accident.
Trust us: We're just as sick and tired of having to wait for the upcoming Ford Bronco as you are. It seems like at least once a week, we find out a new detail or see more spy shots of the highly anticipated SUV that will soon be revealed by Ford. This week is just like any other in that regard, because we found two more patents that seem like they belong on the Bronco.
Both patents have to do with a removable roof, which will be a key feature of the new Bronco. The first patent covers a single-piece removable roof structure that includes the upper portions of of the B-, C-, and D-pillars. With this design, a portion of the upper B-pillar would slide into the permanent lower B-pillar. It's unclear if this structure permanently carries the roof and upper body panels, or if those panels would be removed separately. We also don't know if this frame is the only rollover protection, or if it requires a secondary roll-cage-like structure similar to the Jeep Wrangler's. The patent does claim that structural rigidity of the vehicle is minimally affected by this roof design, which makes sense for a body-on-frame vehicle like the Bronco.
The second patent is for side curtain airbags that can be repacked after deployment. In the text of the patent, Ford notes that side curtain airbags can obstruct the driver's view after firing, which could be a problem in an off-road environment or isolated area in which emergency assistance is not readily available. The idea is that once the airbags are deployed, they could be manually put back into the cover, and the driver could maneuver the vehicle to a spot where emergency vehicles could assist.
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Ford patent illustration for roof-mounted airbags.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The airbag covers are hinged strategically to open in a manner that doesn't damage them in the event of an airbag deployment. Ford also wanted the covers to be weatherproof, so the patent calls for them to be constructed out of a durable material like polypropylene. Since the Bronco will have removable doors, these roof-rail-mounted airbags will not only protect occupants from impacts, but also help keep their limbs inside the vehicle.

The two Ford patents received approval in the past week. We'll know if they make it into the production Bronco when the truck is unveiled this spring.

~ C&D
 

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Looks like the same basic info. Funny, I see it all over the place today as "breaking news" and it's been here for months.
 
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