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The 2010 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain are packed full of UHSS and Dual Phase Steel.
9. Rear Door Inner Reinforcement Beam – Ultra High Strength Steel
12. Front Door Inner Reinforcement Beam – Ultra High Strength Steel
13. Center Pillar Reinforcement – Ultra High Strength Steel
14. Rocker Inner Panel – Ultra High Strength Dual Phase Steel
15. Front Compartment Lower Rail – Dual Phase Steel
The 2010 Lincoln MKT has a safety feature that First Responders need to be aware of. There is a a hydroformed high-strength steel tube in the floor that runs the width of the vehicle from B-pillar to B-pillar and reinforcements along the rocker panels. This is to help protect passengers in side-impact incidents. Lincoln MKT includes Side Protection And Cabin Enhancement Architecture (SPACE®) to optimize side-impact occupant protection.
Next year when Ford starts selling the 2012 Focus First Responders will have another vehicle packed with UHSS and Boron steels. The new Focus is 25 percent greater torsional rigidity than the current North American Focus. The different strenghs of steel is broken down high-strength steel for 55% of the body shell with 26% of the structure formed from ultra-high-strength Boron steels. Just an FYI, this is more than any other Ford vehicle.
I want to think everyone who sends me emails about the site. I have added a few more Hurst cutters under the Boron Capable Cutter list. The list still does not include any combo tools. I would like to see more testing on how well those tools cut throw the thick Boron and other UHSS.
Boronextrication.com is starting to get some Sawzall or aka Reciprocating Saw blades in for some testing. The plan is to test the blades on a boron rod, film the test, and post the results. Check back for that!