2005 Ford Escape Safety




  • Expected to be first in class to meet revised Federal Motor Vehicle
    Safety Standard 208
  • New standard Personal Safety System
  • Optional Safety Canopy rollover protection system – a segment
  • Structural reinforcements for offset frontal

MIAMI, Nov. 7, 2003 – The redesigned Escape
has standard anti-lock brakes, a segment-exclusive Safety Canopy rollover
curtain air bag system and the Personal Safety System with passenger
weight-sensing technology. It is expected to be the first vehicle in its class
to meet the newly amended Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208 for occupant
crash safety.

Topping the list of new safety and security features are:

  • The standard Personal Safety System, a comprehensive restraint suite for
    frontal impacts that is designed to adjust to provide the best protection in a
    variety of crashes
  • The available Safety Canopy, a Ford Motor Company exclusive side air
    curtain rollover protection system
  • Occupant classification sensing for the front passenger air bag
  • Structural reinforcements for offset frontal impacts
  • Three-point safety belts and head restraints at all seating

Personal Safety System Joins Escape For 2005

In 2005, Escape becomes the next in a line of Ford Motor Company vehicles to
come standard with the Personal Safety System, one of the industry’s most
comprehensive suite of safety technologies. The system is designed to provide
increased protection in many types of frontal crashes by analyzing crash factors
and determining the proper response in milliseconds.

The system uses dual-stage driver and front-passenger air bags capable of
deploying at full or partial power. In less severe frontal crashes, air bags
inflate with reduced force – or not at all – helping reduce the risk of injury
due to the inflation of the air bag.

The system’s pretensioners tighten the front safety belts in the first
moments of a crash, and energy management retractors gradually slacken the
safety belt, if necessary, to help reduce the force of the belt on the
occupant’s chest. A vehicle occupant’s best line of defense in crashes remains
the safety belt.

Occupant Classification Sensing Makes Escape First To Meet New

Occupant Classification Sensing builds on the strength of the Personal Safety
System to tailor deployment of the front passenger air bag. If the passenger
seat sensor detects no weight on the seat – or very little weight, such as a
newspaper or a jacket – the passenger air bag is automatically switched off.

If more weight is on the seat, as with a small child, the air bag remains
turned off and an instrument panel light alerts the driver with the message
“PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF.” If an adult is seated properly in the passenger seat,
the air bag automatically is switched on, ready to inflate within milliseconds,
if needed. The safest place for children is in the rear seat, properly

With Occupant Classification Sensing, the 2005 Escape is expected to be the
first vehicle in its class to meet the revised Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 208 – ahead of regulatory mandate.

Safety Canopy: A Ford Motor Company Exclusive

Ford’s Safety Canopy, pioneered on the 2003 Explorer, will now be offered on
Escape. The Safety Canopy side curtain air bags provide enhanced side impact and
rollover protection by deploying from the headliner in certain types rollover
and side-impact accidents. A sensor monitors the vehicle’s roll angle and roll
rate. If the system determines a rollover may be imminent, the Safety Canopy
deploys and remains inflated for several seconds. Escape is the only vehicle in
its segment to offer a system with this rollover protection function.

Reinforced Structure for Offset Frontal Impacts

For 2005, Escape’s front structure is upgraded to provide increased
protection in offset frontal crashes. In these types of accidents, only a
portion of the front structure must bear the full brunt of the impact, and
deformation of the passenger compartment can result. To help manage these crash
forces, the front structural rails have structural composite reinforcements to
tailor the rate at which they absorb energy and help prevent deformation of the
passenger compartment.

Three-Point Safety Belts And Head Restraints

For 2005, Escape will have head restraints and three-point safety belts at
all five seating postions. Adding the seat-integrated safety belt to the center
position of the rear seat required extensive reinforcement of the seat

Numerous Standard Features Enhance Safety and Security

Escape also has as standard equipment dozens of safety and security features,

  • Beltminder, which provides drivers with a gentle reminder to buckle
  • SecuriLock passive anti-theft system, which requires an electronically
    coded key
  • Battery Saver, which helps prevent accidental battery drainage from the
    interior lights
  • A fail-safe cooling system that guards against engine damage after coolant
  • The optional Reverse Sensing System, which aids in reversing near driveway