My name is Mike and I’m Connecticut. On June 9th, 2013, my wife and I bought a used 2012 Ford Focus from CarMax in East Haven, CT. We were looking for a smaller car with good fuel economy and good safety ratings for my 60 mile roundtrip commute to work. At the time, that decision to buy a Ford Focus may have been one of the best ideas ever. On July 9th, my wife and I were headed to a home improvement store to buy a new kitchen faucet. We had our 13 year old son and 9 year old daughter with us. We had also picked up my 8 year old niece, who was going to sleep over that night. Unknown to us, was that trip wouldn’t go as planned.
As we entered a blind intersection, a man driving a 4000 pound 1999 Cadillac Deville, intentionally ran two stoplights, crossed our path of travel, at a high rate of speed. I saw him at the last second and tried to swerve to the right, but to no avail. We hit him broadside with the front drivers corner of my Focus and we were spun around to the right, striking his car again with the driver side rear quarter panel. We then continued backwards through the intersection, coming to rest about 50-60 feet from the point of impact. Thankfully, we were all properly seat belted and the front and side airbags deployed, keeping us safe from further injury. We were all able to exit the car under our own power. My niece was taken to the local hospital by ambulance for neck and jaw pain. My family and I were evaluated at the Emergency Room as well. Thankfully, we all made it through with bruises, sprains and contusions.
My Focus on the other hand did not fare so well. Upon impact, all of the airbags deployed, the engine dropped off its mounts to the ground and the Focus even called 911 through the My Sync system and my phone. My insurance company declared it a total loss and it was towed away a few days after the accident. Thanks to you and my Ford Focus, my family and I were able to walk away from a major accident. I believe that the design and safety features of my Ford Focus saved us from serious injury. So please except our most sincere thank you for designing a car with the safest technology on the road today.
Mike from CT