ARLINGTON, Va. --- The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given the 2008 Ford Focus an overall score of "good" after evaluating Ford's frontal crash test results for the model. The Ford Focus was restyled for the 2008 model year, and the restraint system (airbags and seat belts) was modified. In addition, side airbags became standard -- they had been optional in earlier models. In assessing restraints and dummy kinematics, the institute concluded: "Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain and side thorax airbags deployed during the crash." In assessing injury measures, the institute noted: "Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity." The institute assigned frontal ratings based on a test conducted by Ford as part of frontal crash test verification. However, because there were no significant front structural upgrades, the structural rating of the current model is based on both Ford's test and the institute's test of a 2000 model. The structure/safety cage drew a rating of "adequate." All injury measures and the restraint/dummy kinematics drew "good" ratings -- the highest rating given.

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