Ford’s recent safety highlights include the following:
For the 2013 model year, 13 Ford Motor Company vehicles earned Top Safety Picks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS): the Ford Fiesta (sedan and hatchback), Focus, Fusion, Taurus, Edge, Explorer, Escape, Flex and F-150 (crew cab) and the Lincoln MKZ, MKS, MKT and MKX.
Two Ford Motor Company vehicles earned a Top Safety Pick+ for the 2013 model year: the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ.
The Ford Fusion has now been an IIHS Top Safety Pick for five years in a row (2009–2013).
Also for the 2013 model year, seven Ford Motor Company vehicles earned the highest possible Overall Vehicle Score of five stars in the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA). These five-star vehicles include the Ford Focus, Focus BEV, Explorer, Taurus and Fusion and the Lincoln MKS and MKZ.
In the 2012 European NCAP assessments, the Ford B-MAX, Fiesta and Kuga earned five-star safety ratings. In addition, the B-MAX and Kuga received Euro NCAP’s Best in Class recognition for the highest safety performance scores in their vehicle segments.
The new Ford Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom are the first van and “kombi” (i.e., multi-purpose vehicle), respectively, to achieve five-star ratings in the new Euro NCAP heavy vehicle assessment. The Transit also received Euro NCAP’s Best in Class recognition for the highest safety performance score in its segment.
Ford has an industry-leading total of seven Euro NCAP Advanced rewards for our Lane Keeping Aid, Active City Stop, Forward Alert, Lane Keeping Alert, MyKey®, Emergency Assistance and Driver Alert technologies.
In the Latin NCAP, the new Ford Fiesta achieved a four-star rating for adult protection and a four-star rating for child protection.
The 2013 Ford Taurus Police Interceptor is the only police pursuit sedan on the market that has been tested in 75-mph rear-end crash tests.
Our available rear-seat inflatable safety belts, launched on the 2011 Ford Explorer, are an automotive industry exclusive and have won numerous awards. In the 2013 model year, we expanded the availability of these safety belts in North America to the Ford Flex and the Lincoln MKT and MKZ.
Lane Keeping System, a driver assist feature, was launched in 2011 in Europe on the Ford Focus. Its availability has been expanded to North America on the 2013 Lincoln MKS, MKT and MKZ and the Ford Explorer and Fusion.
For the 2013 model year, we expanded the availability of Curve Control, a driver assist technology that helps slow the vehicle when it senses the driver is taking a curve too quickly. In North America, Curve Control is now offered on the Ford Explorer, Taurus, Flex and Escape, as well as the Lincoln MKS and MKT. In Europe, it is available on the Ford Kuga.