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Ford Focus Electric Earns Top Vehicle Safety Rating from NHTSA

        Ford Focus Electric Earns Top Vehicle Safety Rating from NHTSA

PR Newswire

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 7, 2013

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  oThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the
    2013 Ford Focus Electric a five-star Overall Vehicle Score in its New Car
    Assessment Program (NCAP) testing
  oFocus Electric was designed with safety in mind with its airbags and
    AdvanceTrac® with electronic stability control
  oThe driver's airbag uses a reconfigured curve-shaped tether system that
    pulls in the lower section to create a "pocket" to help lessen the impact
    of the airbag on the driver's chest and ribs in frontal crashes

The 2013 Ford Focus Electric earned a top vehicle safety rating from the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Focus Electric, Ford's first all-electric passenger vehicle, earned 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.

"As more people shop for electrified vehicles, the Focus Electric now offers
both a top vehicle safety rating from NHTSA and a faster-charging technology
that allows it to fully recharge in three to four hours," said Steve Kenner,
global director of the Ford Automotive Safety Office.

Focus Electric features front and side airbag technologies to tailor
deployment to individual occupants. The driver's airbag uses a reconfigured
curve-shaped tether system that pulls in the lower section to create a
"pocket" to help lessen the impact of the airbag on the driver's chest and
ribs in frontal crashes. Innovative side airbags feature unique shoulder vents
that stay open and reduce pressure for smaller occupants who typically benefit
from reduced forces.

Ford just announced that more than 900 Ford dealers will soon be certified to
sell plug-in electrified vehicles, including Focus Electric, up from 67
dealers in February 2012. The spike in electric vehicle-certified Ford dealers
reflects increased demand for the company's electrified vehicles. Ford's share
of the electrified vehicle market is now second behind only Toyota.

Focus Electric safety and security features include:

  oAdvanceTrac® with electronic stability control
  oDual-stage front airbags
  oFront seat side airbags
  oSide-curtain airbags
  oFour-wheel anti-lock braking system
  oLATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children)
  oAnti-theft engine immobilizer

The 2013 Ford Focus earned a NHTSA five-star Overall Vehicle Score as well.

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 171,000 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's products, 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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