The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the 2013 Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid a five-star score overall vehicle score after testing both vehicles for safety.
With suspicion cast onto Ford Fusion’s MPG figures last month (article here), the rating comes as good news for the Fusion’s reputation.
Part of NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program testing, the Fusion and Fusion hybrid were tested for performance in frontal and side-impact crashes, as well as for their resistance to rollovers. The new five-star safety award from NHTSA is in addition to the 2013 Fusion being named a Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety last month.
The 2013 Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid feature new safety belt technologies, eight airbags total and redesigned, seat-mounted side airbags. A Personal Safety System used in Ford vehicles contains a network of components that work together during deployment of the front airbags to maximize security possibility during frontal collisions. A module translates information from the front crash sensors, seat belt buckle switches, along with the size, seat track position and safety belt usage of the front seat occupants and determines how the dual-stage front airbags will deploy.
The seat-mounted side airbags cushion the pelvis area and adjust to take into account the size of the occupant by varying the pressure so smaller occupants receive a lower psi of bag inflation. The driver’s airbag uses a curve-shaped, tethering system that pulls in the lower section to lessen the impact of the airbag on the driver’s chest and ribs in frontal crashes. Deploying at the knees simultaneously is an additional airbag.
With other available options such as Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, a Rearview Camera, Hill Start Assist and an Electronic Parking Brake, it’s easy to see that the Fusion is a pretty high-tech, safety-conscious new car.