View Full Version : IIHS: Midsize crash tests - Ford Fusion fares poorly...

03-05-2006, 07:43 PM
All tests with standard equipment:<p>Moderately priced midsize:<p>1. Hyundai Sonata: Front (Good); Side (Average); Rear (Good)<br>2. Pontiac G6: Front (Good); Side (Poor); Rear (Marginal)<br>3. Ford Fusion/Mecury Milan: Front (Average); Side (Poor); Rear (Marginal)<p>Near luxury sedans:<p>1. (tie) BMW 3 Series: Front (Good); Side (Good); Rear (Average)<br>1. (tie) Lexus IS: Front (Good); Side (Good); Rear (Average)<br>3. (tie) Acura TSX: Front (Good); Side (Average); Rear (Poor)<br>3. (tie) Infiniti G35: Front (Good); Side (Average); Rear (Poor)<p><br><A HREF="http://msnbc.msn.com/id/11688696" TARGET="_blank">http://msnbc.msn.com/id/11688696</A>/<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><B>Ford Fusion fares poorly in side-impact tests<br>Mid-size sedan receives lowest mark from insurance group</B><p>WASHINGTON - The 2006 Ford Fusion received poor marks in offering motorists protection in side crashes, according to new crash tests released Sunday by the insurance industry.<p>The Fusion, a mid-size sedan starting at $17,795, received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safetys lowest mark on side-impact tests conducted on a model without optional side air bags. On frontal crash tests, the Fusion received the institutes second-best mark of acceptable.<p>Nearly every car now earns good ratings in our frontal test, said Adrian Lund, the institutes president. He said the Fusion was not competitive with other cars in its class and was the lowest-rated moderately priced midsize car weve evaluated.<p>The test results also apply to the 2006 Mercury Milan, the Fusions corporate twin.<p>Ford Motor Co. spokesman Dan Jarvis said side air bags and side curtain bags would be standard on 2007 models built after September. The automaker has requested additional frontal- and side-impact testing for a model with the air-bag option, which costs an additional $595.<p>We expect it will earn higher side-impact test ratings with that standard equipment, Jarvis said.<p>The institute released new test ratings for eight new or redesigned midsize and luxury cars. The 2006 BMW 3 series and Lexus IS were considered the best overall performers in the group, receiving top ratings in both front and side testing.<p>Test results for the 2006 Pontiac G6 showed the importance of having side air bags. A G6 model with optional front and rear curtain air bags and front seat-mounted torso air bags received the second-highest score of acceptable.<p>A G6 version tested without the side air bag package, an option which costs $695, received the lowest mark of poor. Both versions received top scores in frontal tests.<p>Bob Lange, GMs executive director of vehicle structure and safety integration, said the performance of the G6 sedan without side air bags is competitive with other midsize sedans without side-impact protection.<p>Lund said the performance of the G6 was dramatically better than its predecessor, the Pontiac Grand Am. In past testing, a 1999 Grand Am received the lowest mark on frontal tests.<p>The institute said the 2006 Hyundai Sonata showed improvement over previous versions, receiving the top score in frontal tests and the second-highest mark for side-impact tests.<p>Sonata models built from 1995-1998 had received a poor in frontal protection and the 1999-2005 models received poor ratings in side crash protection.<p>Among other newly tested vehicles, the 2006 Acura TSX and Infiniti G35 received the second-highest mark of acceptable in new side tests. Both had received top marks in previous frontal tests.<p>In the institutes frontal-crash test, vehicles strike a barrier on the drivers side at 40 mph. In the side-impact test, vehicles are struck with a barrier moving at 31 mph to reflect the force of a pickup or sport utility vehicle.</TD></TR></TABLE>

03-05-2006, 07:50 PM
Ouch.<p>Wouldn't mind seeing the test on TV, on dateline, like always.

03-05-2006, 09:04 PM
Yep. I was just flipping around TV tonight and saw those tests on Dateline. I am intrigued by those crush dummies <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Ouch is correct. Sorry to hear about ratings for the Fusion, oh well, something for Ford to correct and improve.<p>High praises to the rest <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

03-06-2006, 10:36 AM
Make side airbags standard & make stability control an option (lets face it, without neither in this era youre a walking target). In Fords current "Taking Back the Road" advertisements, Ford emphasizes that they are working with Volvo to improve their safety, but Volvo isnt anywhere near the top of the side-impact ratings <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emdgust.gif" BORDER="0">

03-08-2006, 01:09 PM
The safety rating for the Mazda 6 wasn't good either. Ford should see this as an opportunity to improve an already great quadruple of cars -especially since crash test ratings are appearing on window stickers soon. <br>Let's get to work Ford and resolve this for the next MY! (But with Ford being Ford I doubt this will happen <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emdgust.gif" BORDER="0"> )

03-12-2006, 02:17 PM
that's a really dissapointing result for the fusion; it's a very good car otherwise. still, it shows how far car safety has come in the last few years; in, say, 1998 or so, the fusion's result (at least for the front offset) would have been good for its class...

03-12-2006, 05:42 PM
Side impact results aside, I am surprised to see Fusion's average score on the frontal. Automakers are making cars so much safer nowadays - so it took me by total surprise seeing anything less than good, especially for a brand new car and the segment it belongs in. I am concerned <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emdgust.gif" BORDER="0">

03-19-2006, 08:31 PM
Wow. The Sonata did really good. Sorry for the dummies who drove the Fusion.<p>"Did you get a little boo-boo, baby dummy? (or a paralysis for that matter?)" asked Mazda5_Driver after test.<p>"...." replied baby dummy.<p>Shortly after crash.......beeeeeee........p goes the life monitor.<p>"Sorry to tell you the baby dummy died........thanks Fusion....you just wasted thousands of dollars worth of dummies."<p>I know that was random.lol