Ford Mustang awarded only 2 of 5 stars in ANCAP crash tests
One of Australia’s most lusted after new cars, the Ford Mustang, has only been awarded a worrying 2 star safety rating by Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).
The Mustang scored poorly in three out of four key safety areas: Adult Occupant Protection, Child Occupant Protection and Safety Assist.
Safety Assist was the worst performing category, with the Mustang scoring only 2 out of a possible 12 points, or 16 per cent.
ANCAP boss James Goodwin said that the absence of a lot of key active safety equipment attributed to such a disappointing result “It’s disappointing speed assistance systems, lane support systems, autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning and rear seat belt reminders are all missing from the Mustang,” Mr Goodwin said.
“Of concern, the full width frontal test showed a risk of serious head, chest and leg injury for the rear passenger. There was also insufficient inflation of both the driver and front passenger airbags in the frontal offset test which allowed the driver’s head to contact the steering wheel and the passenger’s head to contact the dashboard” Mr Goodwin added.
Additionally, doors flung open on impact during the pole test and whiplash protection was described as “marginal”.
ANCAP has urged Ford to promptly address these safety issues.