Ford Mustang achieves two-star Euro NCAP safety rating
25 January 2017
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
The Ford Mustang has been awarded a disappointing two-star Euro NCAP crash test rating.
According to Thatcham Research, the body that overseas safety testing in the UK, this is the first time a car from a mainstream manufacturer has achieved a two-star rating since 2008.
Thatcham said the rating comes as a result of Ford not offering the same levels of safety equipment in the UK as it does in the US. Mathew Avery, director of research at Thatcham said the company has only made minor tweaks to the car to ensure it meets European regulations.
For instance, in America, the car is offered with a radar collision warning system, which is not available in the UK, while the Mustang doesn't come with systems such as autonomous emergency braking, which is fitted to the Fiesta hatchback as standard.
In the frontal offset test, both the driver and passenger airbags failed to inflate sufficiently to properly restrain the occupants, said, while in the full-width frontal test, a lack of rear seatbelt pre-tensioners and load-limiters meant the rear passenger slid under the seatbelt.
"This really bucks the trend. Car buyers are increasingly benefitting from improved safety functionality and features, and this applies equally to cars in the sports roadster category as to family cars," Avery added. "We have concerns about the Ford Mustang's crash protection of adults and children which also makes it unsuitable for having rear passengers."