Ford Taurus earns five-star crash ratings

Although the all-new Ford Taurus has been on the market since August 2009, the Taurus had not yet received federal crash test ratings - until now. The 2010 Taurus has officially received five-star ratings for driver and passenger in front and side crash tests.

Although the Taurus has just now received official crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it already wore the title of "Top Safety Pick" from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

"The new Taurus is the Ford safety flagship with top safety ratings and advanced crash-protection and crash-avoidance technologies that you may not find in luxury vehicles that cost twice as much," said Sue Cischke, group vice president for Ford Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering. "A stiffer body structure and new crash-avoidance technologies make the Taurus even safer."

Although the Taurus is engineered to handle an impact well while keeping its passengers safe, it also features crash-avoidance technologies, such as a segment-first, radar-based forward collision warning system that helps drivers avoid accidents by warning them of impending collisions. The system, enabled by Adaptive Cruise Control, uses a radar sensor to detect moving vehicles ahead and provides a visual "heads-up" warning signal as well as an audible warning when slower-moving traffic is detected ahead.

Ford says that it currently holds more "Top Safety Picks" and five-star crash rated vehicles than any other automaker.