Chalk up a few more marks for the brand with more 5-star safety ratings than any other. Ford is pleased to announce that the 2010 Mustang scored the highest government safety rating in front impact, side impact and rollover performance.
Safety in the 2010 Mustang starts with a high-strength steel body structure. In the doors, ultra high-strength steel is used in the intrusion beams for added side impact protection. An added benefit of the high-strength body and door beams is a considerable increase in stiffness in the Mustang coupe and convertible.
Another safety-enhancing feature of Ford's latest pony car is the computer-designed front structure crush zones. The zones are designed to absorb energy in a controlled matter and dissipate it before it can reach the passenger compartment. The design of the Mustang's front frame rails were the result of thousands of design iterations tested by the car's engineers. Their octagonal shape protects occupants by spreading the crash forces evenly.
The Mustang's outstanding safety ratings are only part of what makes it such a strong seller. When the 2010 Mustang launched last month, it had nearly 40 percent of the retail sports car segment.