Safety is at the Forefront of the 2014 Ford Focus Design

By Admin | Posted in Ford Focus, Safety on Saturday, July 12th, 2014 at 3:43 pm
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2014 Ford Focus Top Safety Pick Rating

Every year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) subjects all the vehicles on the market to a number of tests to ensure that drivers know exactly what they can expect if they ever get into an accident. The vehicles that perform well are stamped with a Top Safety Pick rating, which is one of the top honors that automakers can earn in the safety department. Not surprisingly, the Ford Focus earned the coveted award, and with a closer look at the 2014 Ford Focus Top Safety Pick rating, it’s easy to see why.

Since IIHS tests began, vehicles have had to endure four separate tests: the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints and seats. However, the IIHS recently added a fifth test to the mix, which is known as the small overlap front test. The test sounds quite easy to pass, but it’s quickly proving to be the most difficult of the five.

2014-ford-focus-small-overlap-front-test-top-safety-pick-ratingThe test mimics what would happen if 25 percent of the vehicle’s front end were to come in contact with a rigid barrier such as a tree or utility pole while traveling at 40 mph. As only a portion of the front end comes in contact with the barrier, the engine block is not there to help absorb the impact. In the majority of vehicles, the frame of the vehicle simply collapses when struck at such a strange angle.

Another reason that the small overlap front test has been difficult to pass is that when the impact occurs, the driver is flung diagonally, rather than just forward or to the side. This means that the side-curtain airbags play a huge role, as they must stop the driver’s head from coming in contact with the A pillar.

The 2014 Ford Focus was able to pass the extremely rigorous test with an “acceptable” rating, which is quite impressive. While the compact car wasn’t able to score the highest rating of “good,” test results show that injuries to the passenger were minimal. The only area the performed moderately was the structure and safety cage, but as the passenger suffered no injuries, the moderate score isn’t too crucial.

You’ll be sure to appreciate that the issues with the 2014 Ford Focus are being addressed for the 2015 model year, which means that when the 2015 Ford Focus is subjected to the same tests, it’s more than likely going to score a “good” rating in all five of the tests, allowing it to move up to the same Top Safety Pick rating that the 2014 Ford Fusion currently has.

To learn more about the 2015 Ford Focus safety rating, be sure to check back here on the Matt Ford blog. The redesigned Focus won’t arrive until early next year, but there’s a good chance that it may take on the IIHS safety tests prior to the official release date. If that’s the case, we will have all of the results and details about the performance of the Focus right here on our blog. While you wait, we encourage you to read some of our other posts about Ford safety.

 

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