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Despite the startling findings, the Mustang will not be recalled or withdrawn from sale because it passes the Australian government’s less stringent and outdated frontal crash test standards, last overhauled 17 years ago.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