Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid Earn Top Vehicle Safety Rating from NHTSA

   Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid Earn Top Vehicle Safety Rating from NHTSA

PR Newswire

DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 23, 2013

DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  oThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the
    all-new 2013 Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid a five-star Overall Vehicle
    Score in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing
  oThe Fusion and Fusion Hybrid feature the Personal Safety System™, new
    safety belt technologies and a total of eight airbags which are designed
    to provide enhanced protection for vehicle occupants including redesigned
    seat-mounted side airbags that deploy lower in the pelvis area in addition
    to the chest and incorporate new venting technology to further enhance
    side impact protection
  oIn December 2012, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named
    the 2013 Ford Fusion a Top Safety Pick+, the highest recommendation the
    organization has for vehicle safety

The 2013 Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid received a top vehicle safety rating
from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Fusion
and Fusion Hybrid received a five-star Overall Vehicle Score in NHTSA New Car
Assessment Program (NCAP) 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 (ASO).

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 highest rating
the organization has for vehicle safety.

The all-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, driver-seat track
position and passenger seat weight sensor. Using this information, the RCM
activates the safety belt pretensioners 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 tunnel vent is lined up with the shoulder area of the occupant. On larger
passengers, the shoulder engages the vent and keeps it from venting so the gas
stays inside the airbag. On smaller passengers, the effect is just the
opposite: Because the occupant's shoulder is below the vent, the gas vents out
of the airbag.

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.

Top fuel economy, driver assist technology
The Fusion and Fusion Hybrid boast leading fuel economy and numerous
technologies that help enhance the driving experience, reduce stress and
assist the driver.

Fusion brings the broadest selection of fuel-efficient powertrains in the
midsize car segment. Consumers have the choice of a pair of EcoBoost ^
four-cylinder engines, a normally aspirated four-cylinder engine, an automatic
start stop system to shut off the engine at stationary idle, front-wheel drive
and all-wheel drive applications, and a choice between automatic and manually
shifted six-speed transmissions.

Maneuvering parking lots and traveling open roadways becomes less stressful
with Fusion's available sensor-based BLIS^® (Blind Spot Information System)
with cross-traffic alert. The system uses radar to identify and alert the
driver if a vehicle is detected in the vehicle's blind spot. Cross-traffic
alert provides audible and visual alerts if traffic is detected approaching
from the sides, such as when backing out of a parking space.

Available Active Park Assist makes parallel parking virtually stress-free.
With the press of a button, the system detects an available parallel parking
space and automatically steers the vehicle into the space. Drivers control
only the gas and brake pedals and transmission gear position.

Other driver assist technologies available on the Fusion include:

  oLane Keeping Assist
  oAdaptive Cruise Control
  oRearview Camera
  oHill Start Assist
  oElectronic Parking Break

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six
continents. With about 172,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the
company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides
financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information
regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit
http://corporate.ford.com.

SOURCE Ford Motor Company

Website: http://www.ford.com
Contact: Kelli Felker, +1-313-322-1790, kfelker1@ford.com
 
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