The 2009 Lincoln MKS builds on Ford Motor Company’s safety leadership, sharing its safety technology with the company’s award-winning full-size sedan lineup.
In fact, Ford Motor Company has more vehicles with full 5-star crash ratings in government testing than any other manufacturer in North America. Ford products continue to perform at the highest levels for safety with the Ford Taurus and Edge, Mercury Sable and Lincoln MKX all earning Top Safety Picks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Using Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE), engineers and designers have developed the Lincoln MKS for optimal strength and stiffness. The benefits, along with superb crashworthiness, are better handling and a smoother ride over rough roads.
The energy-absorbing front structure utilizes several technologies such as octagonal front frame rails, tunnel rails and "shotgun" front structural members to absorb and redirect front crash forces away from the passenger compartment. The rear frame rails are designed to manage the forces of a high-speed rear impact.
The class-exclusive Side Protection And Cabin Enhancement Architecture™ (SPACE) is comprised of a hydroformed cross-car beam that runs between the door frames that further strengthens the body side. In the event of a side impact, the beam helps divert crash forces away from the occupants. A strong roof cross member and side impact door beams work with the under-seat tube to further improve side impact protection.
The body structure features ultra high-strength boron steel in the B-pillar for added protection in a side impact and to improve roof strength. The side impact door beams also have also been reconfigured to provide better protection.
All-wheel-drive models feature a collapsible driveshaft designed with a "trigger point" indention forged into the shaft allowing it to absorb energy in a controlled fashion.
The Lincoln MKS is equipped with a comprehensive package of the latest in active and passive safety features to provide the highest level of protection for all occupants.
Standard safety features include: dual-stage driver and front passenger air bags, seat-mounted side air bags, safety belt pretensioners and load-limiting retractors and driver seat positioning sensor.
The Occupant Classification System (OCS) uses a sophisticated sensor to determine, via weight whether the front passenger seat is empty, occupied by a child seat or small, medium or large occupant and can deploy the air bag as needed.
The adaptive collapsible steering column is a new feature for Lincoln. The column will collapse, or stroke, during an impact, dependent on the weight and belted status of the driver.
The Lincoln’s safety system uses both G-force and pressure-based sensors that monitor the crash pulse and pressure inside the front door cavity. Information is sent to the Restraints Control Module (RCM). The RCM signals deployment of appropriate restraint devices, such as pretensioners, retractors and air bags, all within 100 milliseconds.
Other key safety features include:
Safety CanopyTM, Ford’s exclusive side impact protection system, featuring side curtain air bags that help protect front and rear outboard passengers in both rollovers and side impact crashes. The curtains are designed to slip between the occupant and the side window. The Safety Canopy is designed to stay inflated for several seconds, as rollover crashes often last much longer than side impact crashes.
AdvanceTrac® electronic stability control system can predict the vehicle’s intentions using a sensor to detect and measure oversteer and yaw by monitoring the vehicle’s speed, throttle position and steering wheel angle. When the system senses wheel slip, engine torque is reduced and braking is applied where needed to help keep the car tracking safely on its intended path.
Ford’s Belt-Minder®, a safety belt reminder technology for the driver and front passenger that takes over after the initial safety belt reminder stops chiming. If the driver or front passenger remains unbuckled, the system chimes and flashes a warning lamp for six seconds every 30 seconds for five minutes or until the driver buckles up, whichever comes first.
Additional standard safety features include an anti-theft perimeter alarm, Battery Saver, Child Safety Locks, glow-in-the-dark trunk release, illuminated entry, LATCH (Lower Anchors & Tethers for Children) and a tire pressure monitoring system.