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Story from the news wire below. Here is the Edge's landing page on the IIHS site:


Ford Edge Crash Results



Ford's Fusion, Edge gain top scores in crash tests


By Associated Press | February 5, 2007


WASHINGTON -- The 2007 Ford Fusion midsize sedan and the 2007 Ford Edge sport utility vehicle received top scores in front- and side-impact crash testing by the insurance industry.


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said today that the Edge, which has the same underpinnings as the Lincoln MKX, also earned its top rating for rear crash protection.


The crossover vehicles received the Institute's Top Safety Pick award, which recognizes vehicles that provide the best overall crash protection. The award applies to Edge and MKX vehicles made after January 2007 because Ford upgraded head restraints to improve rear crash protection.


Ford made changes to improve the Fusion's ability to withstand front and side crashes, and new institute testing gave it top scores of "good" in both scenarios. The Fusion, which has the same underpinnings as the Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ, received a "marginal" rating in rear protection.


Side air bags are now standard equipment in all 2007 Fusions.

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Ford's new Edge crossover SUV earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's "Top safety pick" award, getting top scores for front, side and rear impact safety.


The rating also applies to the Lincoln MKX, a luxury version of that vehicle.


To earn a "Top safety pick" a vehicle must earn the best possible rating of "Good" for all three types of impact and must be available with electronic stability control, a system that helps avoid skids or rollovers during abrupt maneuvers.


A study performed last year by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicated that crash deaths on American roads could be reduced by one third if all vehicles were equipped with electronic stability control.


Here's the CNN report.

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