2010 Ford Mustang coupe gets 5-star safety rating

The Ford Mustang remains the number one selling sports car by a wide margin, with nearly a 40 percent share of the segment in April. With May sales already ahead of projections, there is just one more reason for consumer shopping in this segment to pick the 2010 Ford Mustang.

Ford has announced that the 2010 Mustang coupe has earned the U.S. government’s top 5-star safety ratings, which includes 5-stars for driver and passenger in front and side crash tests, as well as for rollover performance.

“We’ve made many upgrades to the new Mustang that contributes not only to the car’s safety, but also to its driving enjoyment thanks to a stiffer structure,” said Steve Kozak, Ford Chief Engineer for Safety Systems.

Ford has more U.S. government 5-star ratings than any other automotive brand. That’s good news for some of us who will be driving around the 2010 Ford Mustang GT for a full review starting May 27 (look out for that during the first week of June).

Click through for details on how the Ford Mustang coupe received the U.S. government’s 5-star safety rating.

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The new Mustang uses high strength steel in its body structure and uses ultra high strength steel in the door intrusion beams for additional side impact protection.

The Mustang’s considerable body stiffness contributes to the coupe and convertible’s driving performance and has a parallel benefit in accident protection. While the coupe’s body structure is approximately 31 percent stiffer than the previous Mustang platform, the convertible’s is more than twice as stiff – creating a structure that helps protect the cabin from deformation and intrusion during an impact.

The front structure’s crush zones are computer-designed to absorb energy in a controlled manner and help dissipate it before it can reach the passenger compartment. Ford engineers have run thousands of design iterations of the Mustang’s front rails to arrive at an octagonal shape that helps spread crash forces evenly to help protect occupants.

State-of-the-art technology adds to the convenience and safety of the 2010 Mustang, from the availability of the latest version of Ford SYNC®, with new features 911 AssistTM and Vehicle Health Report, to standard AdvanceTrac® Electronic Stability Control, which complements the all-speed traction control and standard anti-lock braking system (ABS).

Additional standard safety equipment includes Beltminder® and the Personal Safety SystemTM – a system that includes dual-stage driver and front passenger air bags, safety belt pretensioners and Beltminder.

– By: Omar Rana