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2011 Ford Expedition Safety

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Although the 2011 Ford Expedition lacks up-to-date crash-test results, it continues to have a strong set of safety features. Last year, the Expedition gained Ford's Trailer Sway Control as a standard feature; it works in conjunction with the Expedition's stability control to detect trailer sway through the motions of the vehicle and to take measures—such as applying precise braking and reducing engine torque—to bring both vehicle and trailer under control.

Other standard safety features include side-impact airbags and a three-row Safety Canopy rollover detection system with stability control. There's also an optional backup camera, which we strongly recommend due to the Expedition's poor rear visibility. Also available is Ford's programmable MyKey system, which allows parents to limit how fast their kids can drive the SUV.

However, there's a shortage of recent crash-test results. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) hasn't rated the Expedition, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which redesigned its NCAP testing program this year, hasn't yet tested this SUV under its more stringent new tests. In federal ratings prior to this model year, the Expedition received five-star ratings in all front and side impact categories.

The 2011 Ford Expedition has most of the elements of a very safe vehicle, but it lacks the crash-test results to back it up.

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