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Ford Mustang gets two stars in NCAP crash test

Ford Mustang gets two stars in NCAP crash test
Bilal Firfiray Bilal Firfiray Friday 27 January 2017, 11:53 AM

Ford Mustang has managed to score only two stars in the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) crash test.

The crash test result of the Euro-spec Mustang was contrary to the crash tests carried out by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in America, where the Mustang was awarded full five stars. The Mustang also scored ‘acceptable’ rating in tests conducted by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). But the European version of the Mustang missed out on some safety equipment which is available in American spec and this was the major cause for the disappointing results for the American muscle car.

The American muscle car scored poorly in both adult and child safety category with 72 and 32 per cent respectively. According to NCAP, the driver and passenger airbags were insufficiently inflated to restrain the occupants, seatbelt pre-tensioners and load-limiters didn’t work effectively, and the curtain airbag failed to provide enough cushioning in the frontal offset, full-width frontal and side-impact tests. The omission of safety equipment like Pre-Collision Assist, Forward Collision Warning system, lane assist and rear seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters contributed further as it scored only 16 per cent in safety assist category.

Euro NCAP has promised to crash test the facelifted Mustang, which was showcased a few days back. The car will start making its way in Europe late this year and Ford promises that it will get several safety features as standard. The new Mustang can hopefully fare better when it undergoes the Euro NCAP next time.

 

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