Stuart Frey, a former vice president of Ford Motor Co., has died at the age of 88.
He died March 6 in Ann Arbor, Mich., according to his family.
Frey, the younger brother of the late Mustang product manager Donald Frey, held several positions at Ford, including vice president of technical affairs and vice president of engineering and manufacturing, according to an obituary provided by his family.
As head of car engineering and chief vehicle engineer at Ford, he helped develop the original Escort compact car. Frey also was known at Ford for his accomplishments in vehicle safety, particularly in the design of airbag systems.
After leaving Ford in 1990, Frey became vice president of automotive technical affairs at TRW Inc., where he concentrated on airbag design and manufacturing.
Frey held a number of patents for automotive designs, including the part window vent, the swing-away steering wheel and several safety devices.
He was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers since 1956. SAE presented him with the Edward N. Cole Award for Automotive Engineering Innovation in 1989.