Arlington, Virginia – The 2011 Ford Edge and sister vehicle Lincoln MKX have both been named Top Safety Picks by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The two models earned the award after they improved from “Acceptable” to “Good” for roof strength in rollover crashes.

The award recognizes vehicles that earn the top rating of “Good” for front, side, rollover and rear crash protection, and that have electronic stability control.

In the Institute’s roof evaluation, the Edge’s roof withstood a force equal to 4.7 times its weight. The test assesses how well the occupant compartment would hold up in a rollover crash, with vehicles earning the top rating with a strength-to-weight ratio of four or higher. The current federal standard is 1.5 times the vehicle’s weight.

Previously, Edge and MKX models only supported 3.5 times their weight, and Ford made changes to the roof structures of both vehicles. The Top Safety Pick applies to models built after February 2011.

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