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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
rear seats lack head restraints
Five stars, driver and passenger front impact protection; three stars, side impact protection; four stars, rollover resistance
The 2008 Ford Focus performs well in federal frontal crash tests, but side impacts are a concern.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tested the 2008 Ford Focus and awarded it five stars for frontal impacts and three stars for side impacts. Its rollover rating is four stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not yet tested the Focus.
Edmunds reports, "Six airbags are standard on all Focus models. This includes front seat side-impact airbags as well as head curtain airbags for both front and rear seat occupants. The rear seats lack head restraints, and stability control is not offered." A "tire-pressure monitor" is also standard on the Ford Focus, according to ConsumerGuide.
Edmunds notes "Antilock brakes are optional on all trim levels" on the Ford Focus 2008; "traction control" is available as well, according to MyRide.com.
Additionally, regarding visibility from the Ford Focus 2008, MyRide.com remarks "the view all around is very good" and that the "angle of the windshield relative to the driver provides an excellent view of the road."
The 2008 Ford Focus gets good front-impact crash ratings, but many safety systems are optional or unavailable—and side impact results are low.