Wednesday 25 January 2017, By Autovolo
The Ford Mustang was awarded a mere two stars when it was crash tested by Euro NCAP.
Concern over the iconic muscle car’s adult and child occupant crash protection, and a lack of safety equipment readily available on other European market cars were contributing factors behind the shocking rating.
Euro NCAP expressed disappointment at Ford, saying that the crash test results highlighted the fact the Mustang was designed to score well in less comprehensive US consumer tests.
The European variant of the Mustang received minor updates so that it met pedestrian safety regulations, but Ford also removed the Forward Collision Warning system on European specification cars.
Crash testers also found the driver and passenger airbags did not inflate enough to properly restrain the occupants in the frontal offset test.
During the full-width frontal test, it was found that a lack of pre-tensioners and load-limiters on the rear seatbelts meant rear passengers slid under the seatbelt. This heightens the risk of abdominal injuries in a crash.
During the side impact crash simulation, the head of a 10-year-old dummy also came into contact with the interior trim that blows out of the curtain airbag.
Ford says the new 2018 Mustang will include Pre-Collision Assist and Lane Keep Assist as standard. It will be tested by Euro NCAP once it goes on sale in Europe.
At the other end of the scale, the new Volvo S90 and V90 models were awarded the maximum five-star rating, surpassing the best overall results of any other car tested last year. They join the Volvo XC90 in the organisation’s top three best-performing cars.
Euro NCAP’s secretary general, Michiel van Ratingen, said: “Volvo has invested in safety, and has made key technologies standard across the model range and the results speak for themselves: a very impressive five-star rating.”
He also criticised Ford, adding: “Ford did not expect Euro NCAP to test the Mustang and chose not to fit safety technology in Europe which is available to its American consumers, and available on several other sports cars for that matter.
“Such an attitude to safety should trouble Ford’s customers, whether they are buying a high-powered muscle car or a regular family car.”
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