Ford Fusion, Fusion Hybrid Earn Five-Star Safety Rating from NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just awarded a five-star score to the Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid as part of its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing.

Five stars is the top rating a new vehicle can get in the NCAP tests, which assesses vehicle performance in frontal and side-impact crashes as well as resistance to rollover. Alongside its five star NCAP rating, the Fusion also received the top safety pick plus designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which runs multiple crash tests on vehicles, including a new partial overlap head-on collision test.

For safety, the Fusion is equipped with Ford’s personal safety system, which is a set of components that make sure the front airbags operate their best in the case of a frontal collision. Also part of the system is the restraint control module, which operates the seat-belt pretensioners, and makes sure the airbags deploy based on the seating position of the front passengers, their size, and whether or not they are wearing a seat belt.

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Other safety features in the Fusion include airbag venting technology that keeps the airbag at optimal pressures based on the passenger’s height, seat-mounted side airbags, and driver’s knee airbags.