Ford Focus C-MAX: Officially More Protection For Your Kids

The Ford Focus C-MAX has been judged to offer more protection for child passengers than any other vehicle, by independent safety assessment body, Euro-NCAP.

This latest phase of Euro-NCAP testing is the first to feature a specific child protection rating. The Ford Focus C-MAX was alone in being awarded a four-star rating and was also given a four-star overall safety rating for occupant protection and a competitive two-star pedestrian protection rating.

This unprecedented 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 three-year-old child in a Britax Romer Duo Plus ISOfix child seat. The second dummy represented an 18-month-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 rating is proof of Ford’s no compromise attitude to developing the Ford Focus C-MAX, which combines all customers’ needs – MPV interior flexibility, safety, style and driving quality.

"This is an excellent result for Ford and the new Focus C-MAX. It shows how serious we are about creating cars with a high level of protection for all the family", explained Ford of Britain’s managing director, Paul Thomas.

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

Published 4 December 2003 Melanie Carter

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