Ford Focus receives top safety rating

December 10, 2012 12:00 AM

The 2013 Ford Focus earned a five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The test was part of the NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), which evaluates frontal and side-impact crashes as well as resistance to rollover accidents.

Ford designed the updated Focus with safety in mind, so it's no surprise that the vehicle passed all of its crash tests, Motorward reports. New front and side airbags helped the car achieve its high scores, as the safety measure was revamped to provide protection while minimizing harm to a passenger's chest and ribs. The side airbags have also been designed to deploy in different ways for individual passengers.

"The new Focus is another example of Ford's commitment to safety, and NHTSA's NCAP program has recognized this fact," said Steve Kenner, the global director of the Automotive Safety Office. "The Focus is built with technologies from bumper to bumper to help reduce occupant injury risk when a crash is unavoidable."

The Focus also underwent vehicle maintenance to include new crash-prevention technologies, such as electronic stability control, a voice control system and the Ford MyKey feature, which allows parents to set a top speed and volume limit for young drivers, Auto World News reports. 

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