The Euro New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) recently released its latest crash test results and surprisingly, the Ford Mustang only received a two-star rating out of the possible five stars.
According to the organization, the results “reveal the American 'DNA' of the Mustang that is designed to score well in the less wide-ranging US consumer tests.” Basically, this means that the crash tests conducted by the United States’ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is less comprehensive than that conducted by Euro NCAP. For one thing, while both organizations conduct frontal and side impact tests, Euro NCAP takes things further by conducting frontal offset and pole crash tests as well.
Now, based on the frontal offset test, the airbags of both the driver and passenger inflated insufficiently to properly restrain the occupants. In the full-width frontal test, the lack of rear seatbelt pre-tensioners and load-limiters saw the rear passengers slide under the seatbelt which would result in high-risk abdominal injuries. In the side impact crash, the head of the dummy, which simulated a 10-year old child, reportedly contacted the interior trim bottoming out 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,” Euro NCAP Secretary General Michiel van Ratingen said in a statement. “Such an attitude to safety should trouble Ford’s customers, whether they are buying a high-powered muscle car or a regular family car.”
In response, Ford announced that the updated Mustang, which will be made available in Europe later this year, will be fitted with Pre-Collision Assist and Lane Keep Assist as standard--measures which should improve the model's crash test rating in the future.
“We welcome any improvement, of course, and look forward to publishing a new rating for the updated model. 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," Ratingen added.