Ford Edge, Pet Safe Vehicle of the Year

Animal lovers and Ford Edge owners will be glad to hear their vehicle has been awarded the Pet Safe Choice Vehicle Awards "TOP DOG" this year at the NYIAS show. Participating vehicles have been evaluated on a variety of pet-related aspects, and Ford received 4 out of 10 honors.

Other Ford vehicles on the top ten list included the Ford Transit Connect, Flex and the Lincoln MKT.

"Most people don't think about it, but in only a 35 mph accident with a 60-pound pet it becomes a 2,700-pound projectile. This will injure the pet, passengers, driver or the pet may escape the vehicle and cause a second accident or become agitated and bite the first responder that is on scene doing their job," said Bark Buckle UP's founder Pet Safety Lady Christina Selter.

Key evaluation aspects included how easily the vehicle accommodates animals and kennels of various sizes, ease of access to pet from within the vehicle, ease of pet entry and exit, ventilation for animals in the rear, as well as whether the vehicle has pet-friendly surfaces, adaptability for third party pet travel or safety gear.

"With more than 340,000 vehicles sold since it was originally launched in late 2006, the Ford Edge has been meeting the needs of customers who demand style, technology, performance and capability in a compelling package,"
said Brett Burin, Ford Edge Marketing Manager.

"We look ahead with excitement this summer to the arrival of the new 2011 Edge, which adds even more revolutionary technology and class-leading performance. And with a suite of safety features, flexible seating and nearly 70 cubic feet of cargo space, the Ford Edge is perfect for those traveling with pets."

Aside from the Ford Edge, other winners included BassPro Shops (Retailer of the Year), Sheraton Hotels (Hotel of the Year) and Southwest Airlines (Airline of the Year).
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