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Old 03-04-2006, 08:56 AM   #1
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Fusion must have bombed on the IIHS crash testing. This was on the Ford Dealer website this moring:

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has tested the 2006 Ford Fusion and will air
its results on Dateline NBC this Sunday evening. You will receive another
communication on Monday regarding the results of the test.
I
t's important to remind your sales staff that the Ford Fusion meets all Federal Motor
Vehicle Safety Standards, and offers optional safety features that include side airbags
and air curtains.
Fusion offers as standard equipment Fordís Personal Safety Systemô, which includes
dual-deployment front air bags, energy absorbing safety belts, load-limiting retractors
and pretensioners. On the driverís side, deployment of the steering-wheel-mounted air
bag is tailored to the seat-track position, which takes account of the driverís distance
from the steering wheel, as well as crash severity and safety belt usage.
Ford Fusionís solid structure and confident driving dynamics are the first line of security
in challenging driving conditions. Enhancing the feeling of security are standard fourchannel
brakes designed to enhance driver control even under extreme braking
conditions.
An available anti-lock braking system (ABS) helps improve braking on slippery surfaces
while the optional traction-control system constantly monitors slip at all four wheels and
can act in as little as 100 milliseconds to help restore or maintain traction. The system
first reduces engine power by retarding ignition spark timing and, if necessary, reducing
fuel flow. It then selectively activates braking to stop the drive wheels from spinning.
Customers will find peace of mind in Fusion's comprehensive approach to safety,
including a comprehensive suite of standard safety technology and available enhanced
safety features.
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Old 03-04-2006, 09:47 AM   #2
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My initial insurance quote on my Fusion was $1700 per year, full coverage, etc...

When they got the actual VIN and realized I had ABS and the safety and securiy package, my actual rate dropped to $1100 per year.

Safey pays!
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Old 03-04-2006, 03:47 PM   #3
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My policy is about $600-700 for 6 months, full coverage.
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Old 03-05-2006, 09:27 PM   #4
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I just watched dateline with the crash test of the fusion. I dont care for the way dateline does reporting. I went to IIHS.ORG and read the report and found out a few more things than what dateline said. I copied and pasted this from the IIHS.

New Fusion isn't up to par with midsize competitors: The Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan is among only two current midsize car designs (the other is the Dodge Stratus/Chrysler Sebring) that don't earn the highest rating of good in the Institute's frontal offset crash test. The Fusion without optional side airbags is rated poor for side crash protection, and it earned a marginal rating for rear crash protection.

"The Fusion is a disappointment because it's a brand new design," Lund says. "Ford has done a good job with some other recent models, but the Fusion is at the back of the pack among midsize cars for overall safety performance." In Fusions manufactured after January, Ford added a structure below the accelerator pedal designed to reduce injury risk to the right leg and foot in frontal offset crashes.

"This fix didn't work in our test," Lund says. "Forces recorded on the dummy's right leg were high, and a metal pin broke in the dummy's ankle. Ford is doing more research to find a solution and has indicated it will ask the Institute to retest the Fusion for frontal crash performance later this year."

The Fusion earned the lowest rating of poor in the side impact test. Without side airbags, injury measures recorded on the driver dummy indicated that serious head injuries would be possible in a real-world crash of similar severity. Measures from other parts of the dummy indicated that rib fractures or internal organ injuries and a fractured pelvis also would be likely.

"The side structure of the Fusion held up reasonably well in the crash test, and this car's structural rating of acceptable is better than some other midsize models we've tested," Lund points out. Protection in the rear seat was reasonably good. The head of the dummy in the rear seat struck the pillar behind the rear door. This area is required by federal standard to provide some protection for an occupant's head, but the Fusion is rated poor overall because of high forces recorded on the driver dummy's head, pelvis, and torso.

The Fusion's side airbags aren't standard equipment, and the Institute's policy is to test vehicles without these airbags if they're optional. Manufacturers who want a second test with side airbags have to reimburse the Institute for the cost of the vehicle. Initially, Ford didn't request a second test of the Fusion with optional side airbags.

"Usually when an automaker doesn't ask for the optional test, we presume it means the side airbags wouldn't help much to improve the car's rating," explains Lund. "But now Ford has requested a second test, so the Fusion with side airbags may earn a better rating than poor. We'll conduct the test and report the result."

If you look at the website... the structure of the fusion seems solid. the only problem with the frontal is foot injury probably due to engine and transmission buckling the floor. According to what I read, the side structure held up resonably well. However, TV didnt say any of these things. Also, if you look at the goverment crash test of the side impact the fusion gets a good rating with side airbags. If the G6 got a poor without the airbags and got a good with them, I bet the fusion will also. I am looking forward to the test results with the side impact airbags. The way I see it, no matter how strong the structure, in a side impact without anything to keep your head from hitting the barrier, its going to get a poor.
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Old 03-06-2006, 08:05 AM   #5
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On the side tests, I think it's a trade off. Look at the 500, it scores best in both tests with quad five star and good from IIHS and a gold pick status (although they didn't test without side bags). However, I think a big part of the reason for the good side test (gets 5 stars even WITHOUT side air bags) is that they give up some room to put some space between the occupant and the side of the car. With a large car they had this luxury, but I'm guessing on Fusion that the room trade off wasn't worth it. I know if Fusion were any smaller I wouldn't be buying one, that's why I've never even considered a Mazda 6.

In another example, look at the new 06 Explorer, it will get 5 stars (if it hasn't yet) because of they way the designed the armrest to be soft and aid in impact. The problem is it is lousy for getting in and out of since the grab handle to shut the door isn't in a place you naturally reach. Next year (after getting the right to brag about 5 star), they'll redo the door panel with a grab handle you can use.
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Old 03-06-2006, 10:35 AM   #6
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Hey FordTech: Did you notice that all the top Japanese Vehicles in that class, were tested with the 4-cylinder engines. I wonder why the Fusion in the test, did not have the standard I-4. Do you think that could have changed the floorboard issue? I think it could have.

It sure seems to me that when the Insurance Industry chose to compare automobiles,
they would at least view apples with apples and oranges with oranges!
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Old 03-06-2006, 10:43 AM   #7
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If you actually go to the IHS website and read the complete review, I don't think it's any worse than most other cars of that size. It's just a fact of physics that large cars are not as safe as small cars. The mass-media always reports these things in a way that makes Ford and GM look bad and the japanese look good. The "big 2" networks have had it in for Ford in particular ever since the Firestone / Explorer fiasco.
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Old 03-06-2006, 10:58 AM   #8
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I agree with the chosen vehicles for this reason. *The Jap cars are mostly 4 cyl's, I think both Accord and Camry are about 75% 4 cyl. *Fusion sales are more V6 (although it is close to 50/50) demand is higer for the Ford V6.

But I do agree that if they are going to get this in depth, the frontal offset test is meaningless if you have a 4 cyl car. Since the engine would play a major factor in the results, particularly in the footwell results.
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Old 03-06-2006, 11:40 AM   #9
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The main thing that bothers me about this is that my car does not have the side airbags and it will be a standard feature next year.

I could understand if this was a new technology that that just came out, but this is old technology that Ford is using to correct a problem that they found after production.

I would be curious to see the competitions' results without side airbags.
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Old 03-06-2006, 11:50 AM   #10
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[quote author=captainhook link=topic=41341.msg606278#msg606278 date=1141663221]
The main thing that bothers me about this is that my car does not have the side airbags and it will be a standard feature next year.

I could understand if this was a new technology that that just came out, but this is old technology that Ford is using to correct a problem that they found after production.

I would be curious to see the competitions' results without side airbags.
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I hear ya! I too paid for the option (glad I did) but now it will be standard , sounds like Ford is a little paranoid now after these results and is doing damage control with standard side airbag offer.

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