Superior Safety Comes Standard in the 2014 Ford Fusion

By Admin | Posted in Safety on Friday, April 25th, 2014 at 3:36 pm
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2014 Ford Fusion Safety Rating

Ford vehicles are capable of a level of safety unlike any other vehicles in the market. They employ a number of features which comes standard, rather than available, as safety has never been considered a luxury for Ford models. While all Ford models are safe, arguably none are quite as safe as the Ford Fusion, which recently received the coveted Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Let’s take a look at some of the features that helped contribute to the 2014 Ford Fusion safety rating.

Many of the tests conducted by the IIHS don’t rely on the special safety features, but rather on the durability of the frame, the strength of the restraints and the reliability of the airbags. On the 2014 Ford Fusion, those systems work in tandem to keep passengers protected at all times. That claim is backed by the fact that in four out of the five safety tests conducted by the safety institution, the 2014 Ford Fusion earned the highest rating of “good.”

The one test that the Fusion wasn’t able to score the highest rating in is the newly added small overlap front test. This rigorous test was recently added to the list of IIHS tests, and has quickly become the most difficult test to pass. The test looks at what were to happen if 25 percent of the vehicles front end came in contact with a rigid barrier such as a tree or utility pole. As only a quarter of the front end makes contact, the engine block is not there to absorb much impact.

When vehicles are subjected to the small overlap front test, the frame, restraints and airbags are especially important. As we said, with no engine to absorb impact, the frame must stand strong to keep the barrier from entering the passenger cabin. The impact also propels the driver diagonally, making the restraints and airbags extremely important. While the Ford Fusion scored an “acceptable” rating, the crash test dummy experienced essentially no injuries, making the Fusion extremely safe.

On top of the superior safety rating, the 2014 Ford Fusion is equipped with a number of systems which keep the airbags from ever having to deploy. The Fusion is made available with a cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and a lane-keeping system. When a collision can’t be avoided and the airbags do deploy, the second-row airbags also inflate to help distribute crash force. It’s one of the many safety features that separate the Fusion from other vehicles on the market.

With so many systems equipped both inside and out, it comes as no surprise that the 2014 Ford Fusion safety rating is so impressive. If you’re interested in finding out more about the safety of the Fusion, be sure to schedule a test drive or stop by our showroom. While you’re on our website, take a second to view the rest of our blog. We have a ton of useful information about Ford models, which can help you in your search for a new car in the Kansas City area.

 

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