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Ford's 2001 Windstar Minivan

NEW YORK, April 19, 2000 – Ford’ 2001 Windstar minivan, unveiled today at the New York International Auto Show, raises the safety stakes in the family transportation market by adding a new standard passive Personal Safety System and optional AdvanceTracTM interactive vehicle dynamics control system to its long list of safety firsts.

Jac Nasser introducing the Windstr at the New York Auto Show

Jac Nasser introducing the Windstar at the New York Auto Show

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Windstar is the only minivan to earn five stars, the government’s highest front-crash test ratings, since 1997. Starting in 1999, Windstar – with optional side airbags - became the first vehicle in the industry to earn quadruple five-star status when new side-impact ratings were established.

These ratings - combined with Ford’s advanced Personal Safety System, AdvanceTracTM interactive vehicle dynamics system and LATCH child safety-seat anchoring - will give 2001 Windstar customers peace of mind anytime and anywhere.



The 2001 Ford Windstar continues its "Safety First, Family Driven" philosophy with significant new as well as familiar carryover safety and security features:

  • New Personal Safety System standard
  • Dual-stage front inflating airbags
  • Crash severity sensor, integrated safety-belt pretensioners, energy management retractors, safety-belt usage sensors and driver’s-seat position sensor
  • New AdvanceTracTM interactive vehicle dynamics system available (minivan first, mid-year introduction)
  • New low-tire warning system standard
  • New heated signal mirrors available (minivan first)
  • Industry-first strobe warning for sliding door
  • Self-sealing tires now available in 16-inch tires (previously available on 15-inch sizes)
  • Improved head restraints on front-row bucket seats
  • Child seat restraint anchorage system standard
  • ISO-Fix-style Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, or LATCH (minivan first when introduced in August 1999)
  • Structural safety
  • Meets or exceeds all federal regulatory safety standards
  • Side airbags available
  • SecuriLockTM passive anti-theft system standard; remote keyless entry standard on all four-door models



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