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28 December 2012

Ford's all-new Focus nails 5 stars on NHTSA’s crash test

Words by Jose Carlo R. Sapera
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Most, if not all new vehicles sold in the market today come standard with airbags and anti-lock brakes. As competition stiffens and safety standards get higher, even entry-level models now come with these safety supplements. But how safe really are they?
In the US, automobile safety is stringently evaluated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) where its safety arm, the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), is designated to encourage automobile makers to build safer vehicles. They do this by rigorously checking each new vehicle how it fairs in a crash. And one of the most recent models to pass their test with a full five-star rating is the all-new 2013 Ford Focus.
Both four- and five-door versions passed with flying colors. The Focus was awarded four stars for the frontal crash and rollover tests, while it got five stars for the side impact test. Quite oddly though, the crash test dummies show that male passengers fair a bit better in frontal impacts. Female passengers, on the other hand, are safer in the during side pole and barrier impacts.
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Aside from crash safety, the all-new Focus is also highly applauded for its safety features. The driver-side airbag uses a special curve-shaped tether that pulls the lower section to create a “pocket” which should reduce the airbag's impact on the driver’s chest and ribs in a crash. Meanwhile, innovative seat-mounted side airbags feature shoulder vents that allows it to automatically adjust according to occupant size.
All Focus variants sold in the Philippines are equipped with the blue oval’s Safety Canopy side curtain airbags, dual front airbags, torque vectoring control, and Active City Stop.
No matter how safe we drive, accidents on the road are inevitable. So, if you’re looking for a car that’s proven to be safe, you might want to consider the all-new Ford Focus. Safe driving starts at P859,000.