In November of 2005, one year after buying a house and getting married, I traded in my beloved red mustang convertable (the one I bought on my 30th birthday when I was single – from me to me!) for an F-150 super cab 4 x 4. With a house of our own, a golden retriever, and someday a family, it was the practicle and right choice for my husband and I. I quickly got used to it and enjoyed hauling my dog, groceries, mulch, trim, plywood, furniture or whatever odd or heavy item we needed for the house. I was 23 weeks pregnant and driving my truck the last week of February ‘09. My husband and I were on our way to a home improvement store to pick up a door for a bathroom remodeling project that we had hired a carpenter to do for us. With the upcoming birth of our first child, we were scrambling to get our house in order. After stopping at a red light at a 5 way intersection, it turned green and I started through the intersection – only to be struck on my side by a passenger car doing a full 40 mph! The woman driving admitted to “reading” while driving and she never even looked up or hit the brakes. Her air-bag deployed saving her life, but her car was totaled. Our F150 ended up with over $9,000 worth of damage and a bent frame in the front left side. Thankfully due to Ford’s safety features, not only did I walk away with nothing more than a bruise the size of a dime on my left ankle, but because the truck sensors detetected I was going under (15mph? 20 mph?) the airbag did not deploy and injure our unborn son. At 23 weeks, a baby is not considered “viable”. Although I went to the hospital for monitoring, there would have been little they could have done to save our son had I gone into labor. Babies born at 23 weeks have less than a 5% chance of survival. On July 1st, 2009, thanks to our truck and your engineers – our son, Gavin John Franz was born full term (+5 days) and completely healthy. I can NEVER thank you enough or repay your safety engineers other than to say I have been and will be a Ford owner forever. Also to note that the body shop manager at Liberty Ford in Parma Ohio saw to it that I was given a 5 star crash rated Ford Taurus to drive while my truck was being fixed – the insurance company would have stuck us in a small car, unknown crash test rating. I once saw an advertisement for one of your trucks with a man pictured who was in an accident, pinned between a semi and a wall, but who walked home. I think our story equally backs up Ford’s commitment to quality and safety – for big, small and those not even born yet. God bless you! And yes, it’s another F150 for us next year…Gavin John wouldn’t have it any other way. We feel very safe driving him around town in his infant seat safely in the back of his super-cab truck!