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|Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:16 pm Post subject: Ford Mustang again fails to achieve a 5 Star safety rating
|Updated Ford Mustang again fails to achieve a 5 Star safety rating in Australia
Australasia’s independent vehicle safety authority, ANCAP, has released a 3 star ANCAP safety rating for the revised Ford Mustang models following a specification upgrade to improve its safety performance.
Following the publication of a 2 star ANCAP safety rating for the Ford Mustang in January 2017, Ford has revised the specification of its Mustang for the right-hand-drive Australian and New Zealand markets, resulting in an upgrade to 3 stars.
“Improvements have been made to the Mustang’s Safety Assist features as well as tuning to restraint systems,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, Mr James Goodwin.
These changes see an increased Safety Assist score of 61% - improved from an original 16%, and an increased Pedestrian Protection score – rising from 64% to 78%.
“Structurally however, the revised Ford Mustang is identical to the Mustang we originally rated, meaning it still falls short of our expectations in the areas of Adult Occupant and Child Occupant Protection.”
“The inclusion of driver assistance aids such as AEB and lane keep assist is a definite step in the right direction, yet these upgrades have neglected to address the injury risk posed to rear seat occupants as well as whiplash protection,” Mr Goodwin said.
The revised Ford Mustang enters Australian and New Zealand markets 12 months after revised left-hand-drive models were made available for the European market.
The 3 star ANCAP safety rating applies to Fastback (V8 and EcoBoost coupe) variants built from December 2017. Fastback variants sold from December 2015 through to those built in December 2017 hold a 2 star ANCAP safety rating. Other variants are unrated.
In response Ford Australia has watered down ANCAP’s controversial crash and has stated that consumers should not be deterred by the safety of the upgraded 2018 Mustang, and in doing so has again distanced the venerable muscle car from the latest crash test score.
The original ANCAP tests found the airbags on the Ford Mustan had failed to inflate properly and that the car falls short in frontal-offset and side-impact pole tests used in Australia….these tests are not undertaken in the US – the Mustang's main market.
Ford Australia chief executive Graeme Whickman was undeterred by ANCAP’s latest assessment, deeming the new model safe for Australian roads.
“It’s too hard to make a purchase on the basis of headlines,” Whickman told motoring.com.au.
“I do think it’s important that we offer good technology to customers and we’ve done that with the new Mustang. But our job is to make sure the car is safe, which it is, and that it’s got some really useful technology to assist with driving – and that’s where we’re at.”
Ford have gone on the offensive and say there was nothing to change in the structure.
“They consider the Mustang is a safe vehicle. There’s no question around its structural integrity. It’s bang on where it needs to be,”
The Ford Media Release says “What we did take the opportunity to do was add the likes of AEB with pedestrian, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control – and they raised the driver assist technology rating to five.”
Ford consider the outgoing car, as it is today, is a safe vehicle. It meets all the regulatory requirements as does the new model