Ford recently announced that its Fusion and Fusion Hybrid have been named among the safest cars in the world.
Both vehicles received a five star Overall Vehicle Score in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program testing.
Steve Kenner, global director of the Ford Automotive Safety Office said the both the Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid capture Ford’s commitment to safety in all its vehicles worldwide. The cars feature Ford’s Personal Safety System, which includes new safety belt technologies and eight airbags that enhance side impact protection.
The NHTSA testing includes testing of vehicle performance in frontal and side-impact crash tests and resistance to rollover.
Fusion is already a Top Safety Pick +
In addition to a five star NHTSA rating the Fusion was also received the Top Safety Pick+ designation by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS released its full list of 117 vehicles that earned Top Safety Pick awards, as well as 13 additional models which received the latest Top Safety Pick+ designation and the Fusion was one of them.
The IIHS evaluates a vehicle on crash tests, including moderate overlap frontal crash, small overlap frontal crash, side impact and rollover, along with seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts and issues a rating of rating of good, acceptable, marginal or poor for each. The small overlap test mimics what happens to a vehicle’s front end when it collides with another vehicle, a tree or a utility pole.
In order to receive the Top Safety Pick+ designation, the vehicle must receive a rating of good on four out of the five tests, with no less than acceptable on the final test. In order to meet the requirements necessary to receive the new safety rating, the IIHS has said that automakers are changing the way they build their cars.
”We’ve seen automakers make structural and restraint changes in response to our small overlap test,” Lund says. “Five manufacturers redesigned their midsize cars to enhance small overlap crash protection.”
Other cars that received the Top Safety Pick+ designation include: Acura TL; Dodge Avenger and its twin, the Chrysler 200 4-door; Ford Fusion; Honda Accord 2-door; Honda Accord 4-door; Kia Optima; Nissan Altima 4-door; Subaru Legacy and its twin, the Subaru Outback; Suzuki Kizashi; Volkswagen Passat and Volvo S60.
“Models that earn Top Safety Pick also offer outstanding protection in many crashes,” Lund added. “These vehicles are much safer choices than most vehicles on the market just five years ago.”