May 16, 2007
2008 Ford Taurus earns “Top Safety Pick” from IIHS
2008 Ford Taurus at the Chicago Auto Show. Click image to enlarge
Dearborn, Michigan – The 2008 Ford Taurus has earned a “Top Safety Pick” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Mercury Sable, a sister car not sold in Canada, also earned the rating. The Taurus is the newly-named replacement for the Ford Five Hundred.
The Taurus earned the best-available safety performance in frontal, side and rear collisions, and offers electronic stability control; Ford says it is the only large family car to merit the Top Safety Pick rating. The model has also earned five-star driver and passenger crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The Taurus offers a two-row Safety Canopy side air bag system that deploys in rollover crashes, an advanced air bag controller for front passenger sensing, and is available with AdvanceTrac electronic stability control and all-wheel drive. Ford says that all Ford, Lincoln and Mercury retail cars and trucks will have standard electronic stability control by the end of 2009; it is currently standard on all Ford sport utility and crossover vehicles.