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Euro-spec Ford Mustang gets low safety rating

Euro-spec Ford Mustang gets low safety rating image

Anton Andres / EuroNCAP | January 26, 2017 14:54

EuroNCAP say lack of driver assists put down Ford Mustang's overall safety score

In the most recent batch of EuroNCAP crash tests, The Ford Mustang, received a two star rating from the agency. EuroNCAP stated that crash performance was up to standards but the lack of driver assists is what knocked down the overall score. The agency also stated their concerns about its crash protection child occupants as well.

In EuroNCAP testing, child occupant protection, as well as safety aids, bear a lot of weight when it comes to overall scores. The Mustang was rated at 72 percent for adult protection but just 32 percent for child protection. Last year, EuroNCAP overhauled their points system to include automatic emergency braking and other driver warning systems like lane departure warning. For the European market, Ford removed the Forward Collision Warning System and received only minor changes required to meet European pedestrian safety regulations.

In the frontal offset test, the airbags of both the driver and passenger inflated insufficiently to properly restrain the occupants. Despite that, on adult protection alone, the Ford Mustang scored four out of five stars. In the full-width frontal crash test, a lack of rear seatbelt pre-tensioners and load-limiters meant that the rear passenger slid under the seatbelt. In the side impact crash, the head of the child dummy made contact with the interior trim that opens the curtain airbag.

“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,” said Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General of EuroNCAP.

The US-Spec Mustangs meanwhile were rated the full five stars by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for crash protection. NHTSA however does not include driver aids in overall scoring. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), an independent vehicle safety organization, also gave the Mustang an overall score of good but mentioned that the automatic emergency braking system is only an option in the US market. Philippine market Mustangs follow the US-Spec models.

According to Ford, a refreshed Mustang will hit the market later this year equipped with Pre-Collision Assist and Lane Keep Assist as standard. Euro NCAP also expects to test the safety of this updated model when it becomes available on the European market.