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Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner February 28, 2008

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Ford’s small SUV, the Escape, and its superficially diverse sibling, the Mariner, were given a general assessment of “Poor” (the lowest probable rating) from the IIHS for lacking driver torso- and head-safeguard in the Institutes’ side-impact collide test (exclusive of the optional side airbag package). The federal administration also gives the Mariner one of not many three-star ratings, which matches to somewhat high threat of rollover. And strength control isn’t offered. Waiting for the ’08 would be a great move, as front side airbags, side curtain bags and solidity control will all at last be standard.