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New Ford Fusion Safety Ratings Don't Tell the Whole Story

New Ford Fusion Safety Ratings Don't Tell the Whole Story

By Jeff Youngs, February 01, 2013
Ford has announced that the redesigned 2013 Fusion has received the highest possible crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), achieving an overall rating of 5 stars. However, the 5-star rating doesn't tell the whole story. In a frontal-impact collision, front passenger protection is given 4 stars, and in a side-impact collision, driver protection receives 3 stars. Based on the NHTSA's ratings system, that 3-star rating indicates that "side crash injury risk for this vehicle is average to greater than average."

According to Ford, the new 2013 Fusion contains "new safety belt technologies and a total of eight air bags, which are designed to provide enhanced protection for vehicle occupants, including redesigned seat-mounted side air bags that deploy lower in the pelvis area in addition to the chest and incorporate new venting technology to further enhance side-impact protection."

The previous-generation Fusion, which did not have these systems, delivered 5-star side-impact protection for the driver; 3-star side-impact protection for the rear-seat passenger; and 4-star protection in the side-impact pole test. In the 2013 Fusion, driver protection declines, rear-seat passenger protection increases, and side-impact protection increases for all passengers.

The new NHTSA ratings follow the Fusion's recent performance in crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In the IIHS tests, the redesigned 2013 Fusion received the new "Top Safety Pick Plus" rating, which reflects the highest possible rating in IIHS' four standard crash tests combined with a "Good" or "Acceptable" rating in the new small overlap frontal-impact evaluation.

In a statement, Steve Kenner, Global Director of the Ford Automotive Safety Office (ASO), said: "The Fusion and Fusion Hybrid exemplify the new face of Ford vehicles and demonstrate Ford's commitment to safety in all its vehicles across the globe."

In addition to new seat belts and redesigned air bags, the 2013 Fusion is offered with a reversing camera, adaptive cruise control system, blind-spot information system, rear cross-traffic alert system, and a lane-keeping assist system.

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