2013 Ford Focus Electric gets 5-star safety rating from NHTSA
Like the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid before it, the 2013 Ford Focus Electric has recently been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and passed with flying colors, getting an overall rating of 5 stars out of 5.
Even if you break down the 5-star rating into its sub-components, the Focus electric looks good. 5 stars in the front impact test, 5 stars in the side impact test, and 5 stars in the rollover test. It's interesting to note that this is better than the gasoline-powered Focus, probably because the batteries add some weight. In any case, it's hard to do better than a perfect 5 out of 5, though Elon Musk of Tesla once quipped that the Model S was designed to get a 6 stars safety rating.
This is good news for those who are taking a second-look at the 2013 Focus EV because of the recent price cuts.
The Focus' airbags have some interesting features that no doubt help it fare better in crash-tests (and hopefully real-world crashes too):
Focus Electric features front and side airbag technologies to tailor deployment to individual occupants. The driver’s airbag uses a reconfigured curve-shaped tether system that pulls in the lower section to create a “pocket” to help lessen the impact of the airbag on the driver’s chest and ribs in frontal crashes. Innovative side airbags feature unique shoulder vents that stay open and reduce pressure for smaller occupants who typically benefit from reduced forces. (source)