The 2017 Ford Mustang has been branded the most unsafe new vehicle on the market, according to Europe’s NCAP crash test program, which gave the sports car two out of five stars, its worst rating in five years.
The car safety assessment program, based in Belgium, gave the Mustang just 72 percent for adult occupant safety, and rated child occupant safety at 32 percent. The car was docked marks, too, for bad airbag inflation during front offset collisions; and “poor” adult rear passenger protection.
The Mustang’s dismal report card may have been handed to Ford in particular, though, because of the car’s lack of active safety aids, which weigh heavily in NCAP testing. Cars in the U.S. and Canadian markets actually come fitted standard with more safety features than Euro-spec exports.
“What really concerns me is that Ford has made a deliberate choice,” said Matthew Avery, research director at Thatcham Research, the Euro NCAP center for the U.K. “The car has been designed to score well in less-wide-ranging US consumer safety tests and only minor updates have been made to meet required European [pedestrian] safety regulations.”
“This has resulted in poor adult and child protection scores and the high-tech radar collision warning system that is available to US consumers not being available here in the UK. The two-star Euro NCAP rating is the consequence.”
The Mustang won’t be wearing that shameful two-star rating for long, though. The 2018 Mustang is due to hit Europe next year, and that refreshed car will come fitted with Pre-Collision Assist, Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Lane-Keeping Aid.