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Focus gets five crash stars

Ford LW Focus undergoing Euro NCAP crash testing.

... in crash tests earning a five-star safety rating.

The five-star safety rating is based on the latest European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) testing, in which Focus achieved the highest possible dynamic score for child protection in both frontal and side impact collision tests, as well as excelling in the adult and pedestrian safety categories.

The new Ford Focus is engineered to meet or exceed safety standards around the world and has been crash-tested more than 12,000 times in real and virtual worlds to ensure the best possible protection for occupants of various ages and sizes.

Fifty-five per cent of the body shell is made of high-strength steels, of which 31 per cent is ultra-tough boron steel, more than any other Ford built to date.

Boron features in the A-pillars, B-pillars, rocker panels and door reinforcement beams to create an extremely rigid, crush-resistant passenger cell.

Pedestrian protection has been boosted by the addition of a "soft" cowl design in the front body structure and Ford has also relocated the windscreen wiper system to help further reduce injury risks.