Ford Focus C-MAX Receives Four Stars In New Euro-NCAP Child Protection Safety Rating

At a news conference in Athens, Greece, Euro-NCAP awarded the Ford Focus C-MAX its first-ever 4-star child protection rating. The Ford Focus C-MAX was also awarded a 4-star overall safety rating for occupant protection and a competitive 2-star pedestrian protection rating.

In this latest phase of testing new cars, Euro-NCAP for the first time gave ratings for child protection and Focus C-MAX is the only car that was awarded four stars.

This favourable result was achieved after two separate tests – a front impact test and a side impact test – using two crash test dummies. The first dummy simulated a forward facing 3-year-old child in a Britax Romer Duo Plus ISOfix child seat. The second dummy represented a 1½-year-old child in a rear-facing Britax Romer Baby Safe seat secured using the adult belt. The rating is calculated from the injury values recorded in the tests plus additional points that are awarded for the ease of installation and the warnings provided to prevent serious injury.

The overall 4-star safety rating for occupant protection is a very good result when assessed by Euro-NCAP criteria. Ford has designed the Focus C-MAX to provide a high level of protection to occupants across a broad range of real crash configurations and to help avoid accidents from occurring.

Euro-NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) is an independent organisation established in 1997 that tests new cars for safety in simulated accident situations.

Published 2 December 2003 Melanie Carter
 

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