The NHTSA is the organization that assesses crash test safety through four categories: front driver, front passenger, side front seat and side rear seat.
It gave the 2008 Ford Taurus the highest crash test rating of five stars in all four of these categories.
The new model is also the only vehicle that earned a "Good" rating in all three of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests.
The innovative vehicle structure of the 2008 Taurus, equipped with optional electronic stability control, made it a unanimous "Top Safety Pick" of the IIHS.
Advanced Sensors For Road Stability
When on the road, the new model also has advanced sensors-AdvanceTrac-that work with the anti-lock braking system, engine throttle and traction components to constantly monitor driving input and the vehicle's responses. This enhances its overall stability on the road.
A Monitor For Tire Pressure
The 2008 model also features a system that helps drivers maintain proper tire pressure. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System takes away the guesswork by alerting drivers when their tires have lost pressure and are in need of servicing.
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