American ‘Stang Shocks With Two-Star Rating In Euro NCAP Crash Test
Missing belt pre-tensioners and load limiters on the rear seat contributed to the poor result. EuroNCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) took the Mustang and the V90 & S90 duo in its latest crash tests to find out how safe these cars are in an accident. As expected, the Volvos got the maximum five-star rating but Ford’s car got a mere two-star rating for its Euro-spec, pre-facelift guise.
The results are rather shocking considering that Ford Mustang got all five stars a while back on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program. Ford’s pre-facelift 2017 Mustang got an “acceptable” star rating in the front test’s small overlap, a “good” star rating on all the rest– front test’s moderate overlap, head restraints and seats, and roof strength in a test undertaken by the IIHS (Insurance institute for Highway Safety).
However, it’s important to note that the European Version lacks some of the U. S models’ safety equipment like the Forward Collision Warning system. Additionally, the Euro model got significant penalties for its missing load limiters and pre-tensioners for the rear seat belt.
The airbags of the passengers and drivers didn’t inflate sufficiently during the frontal offset test causing the Mustang to perform poorly in Europe where it is currently on sale. The rear passenger slid under the seat belt which exposed him to an increased risk of injuries to the abdomen in the full-width front test in the likelihood of an accident. The interior trim was hit causing it to flatten out the curtain airbag during a side impact crash by the head of a 10-year-old dummy; which didn’t help its evaluation.
The good thing is that Ford decided to face-lift its Mustang in the U.S. and will do something similar in Europe where it will install the Lane Keep Assist and Pre-collision assist systems–standard equipment. Once it’s launched in Europe, Euro NCAP will test the upgraded model. The Secretary General of Euro NCAP, Michiel van Ratingen states:
“We welcome any improvement, of course, and look forward to publishing a new rating for the updated mode. However, more fundamental updates may be needed if the Mustang is to get a significantly better result. We, therefore, hope Ford takes the opportunity to invest in the changes needed now for future Mustang generations.”
Ford has informed the Euro NCAP that the facelifted Mustang will be launched later this year. We hope these problems will be sorted out.