FORD FUSION WINS TOP SAFETY PICK+ AWARD FROM IIHS; EARNS GOOD RATINGS IN ALL FIVE CRASHWORTHINESS TESTS
FORD FUSION WINS TOP SAFETY PICK+ AWARD FROM IIHS; EARNS GOOD RATINGS IN ALL FIVE CRASHWORTHINESS TESTS By: Ford ◾2017 Ford Fusion earns good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests, resulting in rare Top Safety Pick+ award from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
◾New modified front-end structure cited for good performance in small overlap front test
◾2017 Fusion's front crash prevention system, including new optional active braking system, earns a superior rating
DEARBORN, Mich., June 14, 2016 – A modified front-end structure and an optional new active braking system help the 2017 Ford Fusion qualify for a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Like previous Fusion models, the 2017 car earns good ratings again in the agency's four other crashworthiness tests – moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints.
Not only that, the midsize car's front crash prevention rating improved from basic to superior with the addition of active braking. In track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph, Fusion avoided collisions. The optional system also includes a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.
'The 2017 Ford Fusion is our most advanced car yet and we're proud to see it recognized by NHTSA and the IIHS for its safety performance too,' said Bill Strickland, chief program engineer, Ford Motor Company. 'Great new features include a pedestrian detection system and hands-free parallel and perpendicular parking capability, as well as existing optional lane-keeping assist and Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert.'
To qualify for an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests and have an available front crash prevention system that secures it an advanced or superior rating.
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