2010 Ford Taurus Earns NHTSA Five-Star Rating

After managing to secure a “Top Safety Pick” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the International Car of the Year (ICOTY), Ford's Taurus managed to get the highest ranking from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for driver and passenger in front and side crash tests.

The new Taurus is the Ford safety flagship with top safety ratings and advanced crash-protection and crash-avoidance technologies that you may not find in luxury vehicles that cost twice as much,” Sue Cischke, group vice president for Ford Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering said when announcing the rating. “A stiffer body structure and new crash-avoidance technologies make the Taurus even safer.

The Taurus impressed mostly thanks to its crash-avoidance technologies which includes radar-based forward collision warning system and Adaptive Cruise Control with the Collision Warning with Brake Support system. The car also benefits from Side Protection and Cabin Enhancement (SPACE) Architecture, Trinity Front Crash Architecture and AdvanceTrac with ESC.

Several "firsts" are featured on the Taurus, like the segment-first radar-based forward collision warning system we mentioned earlier and the industry’s first side air bags that use pressure pulses from a side impact to deploy up to 30 percent faster than traditional air bags.

We want to help drivers avoid crashes while giving them enhanced protection if a crash does occur,” said Steve Kozak, chief engineer, Ford Safety Systems.
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