Poor crash re­sult

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL -

THE Ford Mus­tang has been slammed by au­thor­i­ties after scor­ing two stars out of five for safety – and the airbags had “in­suf­fi­cient in­fla­tion” dur­ing a crit­i­cal crash test.

The low­est star-rat­ing recorded by Ford puts the Mus­tang in the same com­pany as other two-star cars such as a Chi­nese SUV, a Chi­nese van and an In­dian-made ute.

In the off­set crash test at 64km/h, the driver and front pas­sen­ger heads struck com­po­nents be­hind the airbag.

In the full frontal crash test at 50km/h, the rear pas­sen­ger was “not well pro­tected, with a risk of se­ri­ous head, chest and leg in­jury”.

The driver and front pas­sen­ger dum­mies made contact with the steer­ing wheel and dash­board.

Despite the star­tling find­ings, the Mus­tang will not be re­called or with­drawn from sale be­cause it passes the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment’s less strin­gent and out­dated frontal crash test stan­dards, last over­hauled 17 years ago.

ANCAP Crash safety has in­stead largely been left to a con­sumer guide, the Aus­tralasian New Car As­sess­ment Pro­gram, an in­de­pen­dent body funded by gov­ern­ment, mo­tor­ing groups and the in­sur­ance in­dus­try.

“This re­sult is sim­ply shock­ing for such a newly de­signed and pop­u­lar model,” said ANCAP chief ex­ec­u­tive, James Good­win.

“There’s strong con­sumer ex­pec­ta­tion that a new ve­hi­cle will be five stars and a sports car is no dif­fer­ent – safety should never be com­pro­mised,” he said.

Pro­tec­tion of back seat oc­cu­pants was poor in the lat­est Ford Mus­tang crash test (be­low).

The driver’s door opened when crashed into a pole at 32km/h and whiplash pro­tec­tion (sim­u­lat­ing a rearend crash at 32km/h) was “mar­ginal”, the re­port said.

In the 64km/h off­set frontal crash test there was “in­suf­fi­cient in­fla­tion of both the driver and front pas­sen­ger airbags … which al­lowed the driver’s head to contact the steer­ing wheel and the pas­sen­ger’s head to contact the dash­board”.

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