Fans of green and safe vehicles got some good news from Ford last week when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that the 2013 Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid received a top vehicle safety rating.
The Fusion and Fusion Hybrid received a five-star Overall Vehicle Score in NHTSA New Car Assessment Program testing, which combines vehicle performance in frontal and side-impact crash tests and resistance to rollover.
“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,” said Steve Kenner, global director of the Ford Automotive Safety Office.
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 (IIHS) last month. The Top Safety Pick+ designation is the organization’s highest rating for vehicle safety.
The new Fusion features the Personal Safety System with new safety belt technologies and front impact airbags.
The Personal Safety System is a network of components that work together to tailor the deployment of the front airbags during frontal collisions. The restraint control module (RCM) translates information collected by the front crash sensors, front outboard safety belt buckle switches, driverseat track position and passenger seat weight sensor.
Using this information, the RCM activates the safety belt retensioners and determines how the dual-stage front airbags will deploy. This tailored airbag deployment is based upon system inputs received about the size, seat track position and safety belt usage of the front seat occupants.
The redesigned seat-mounted side airbags deploy lower in the pelvis area and incorporate new venting technology. The side airbag’s venting technology takes into account the size of the occupant, and varies the pressure so smaller occupants receive a lower pressure.
The driver’s airbag uses a reconfigured curve-shaped tether system that pulls in the lower section to create a pocket that help to lessen the impact of the airbag on the driver’s chest and ribs in frontal crashes. Deploying at the same time is a driver’s knee airbag.