Ford Mustang Records Shock Two-Star Euro NCAP Safety Score

As Euro NCAP catches up with tests on models it has so far missed out, the Mustang has thrown up a complete surprise with the lowest score from a mainstream car maker in nine years
Ford Mustang Records Shock Two-Star Euro NCAP Safety Score

The Ford Mustang has been given a totally unexpected two-star safety rating by Euro NCAP. It’s the first car from a major manufacturer to score so low for almost a decade, and it’s not ideal for something that’s not that likely to make it to the end of its life without being crashed at least once.

The punishing Euro NCAP tests showed up major issues with airbags not protecting occupants properly, rear passengers slipping beneath seat belts and a lack of active safety technology like autonomous braking systems.

For comparison, the Dacia Sandero scored four of out five stars. In 2013.

Ford Mustang Records Shock Two-Star Euro NCAP Safety Score

In the frontal offset impact test, neither of the front airbags inflated enough to fully protect the occupants, and in the side impact test the ‘10-year-old’ dummy’s head actually squashed right through the under-inflated curtain airbag and hit the door trim.

Thatcham Research’s Director of Research, Matthew Avery, even went as far as to say that the test result “makes it unsuitable for carrying rear passengers.”

Ford Mustang Records Shock Two-Star Euro NCAP Safety Score

“On top this, it does not have basic life-saving technology like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) that is available even on the Ford Fiesta, and the recently launched Ford Edge,” he said.

Ford has countered with assertions that the facelifted model, to be released in Europe later this year, will score higher. The newer model will have pre-collision assist and lane-keeping assist as standard.

If you already own one, though, you might want to avoid driving into anything solid.


Mario LPS2

Crowd jokes in 3, 2, 1…

01/25/2017 - 10:55 |
5 | 3

At least you know we’re still safe and secure.

01/25/2017 - 11:00 |
232 | 7

Haha the new Mustang is about as safe as a cardboard padlock.!!

01/25/2017 - 11:05 |
11 | 4

Cheeky Disk lock kicked in again😂

01/25/2017 - 11:09 |
4 | 1

Crashing into crowds has never been safer for the crowd

01/25/2017 - 14:08 |
11 | 2
James Reuter

Atleast now the driver is at as much risk as the crowd

01/25/2017 - 11:02 |
2 | 5
Joshua Lue

How about pedestrian safety… thats the key one!!!

01/25/2017 - 11:04 |
46 | 4

Do they REALLY need to test that?? ;)

01/25/2017 - 13:44 |
5 | 2

It scores a 0/5 on that one. And its not going to improve any time soon.

01/25/2017 - 18:39 |
1 | 0

Indian cars be like=”We got a American cousin “

01/25/2017 - 11:09 |
30 | 4

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

I think the cheap stuff like suzuki celerio and datsun redi go would get negative ratings

01/26/2017 - 16:45 |
0 | 0

Waiting for mustang jokes about how the crowds are safer than the driver.

01/25/2017 - 11:20 |
6 | 3

I wouldn’t say AEB is basic lifesaving tech yet

01/25/2017 - 11:26 |
20 | 0

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

I have been thinking about this topic recently. One decision I regret when I purchase my Forester 3 years ago is not opting for the $1500 Eyesight pack. We are humans, and humans make mistake and have limited attention. Even the most devoted drivers won’t say they never got distracted when they are driving. When I was travelling cross state on turnpike few months ago, a few slow moving construction vehicle occupied the left lane which force all other drivers to pass on the right. Just as I was passing, one construction vehicle suddenly merged over without indication. I literally have to stand on the brake to prevent a rear-end accident. This incident really make me realize the important of safety tech such as AEB. Yes, they have their limitations and is not for you to completely trust upon, but when they work, they have continuous attention and react faster than humans. It is a thrid-eye or a failsafe for drivers. I agree they still have a long way to go, but today, they definitely count as live saving tech. When I switch to a new vehicle, I will make sure safety tech will be among high priorities. (That’s why I will probably end up with a Volvo.)

01/26/2017 - 00:21 |
1 | 0

A car that’s proven to be twice as safe as the Ford Mustang?

01/25/2017 - 11:33 |
3 | 1
Ignatius Dang

The Dacia Sandero? More safe?

01/25/2017 - 11:33 |
91 | 1


01/25/2017 - 11:34 |
2 | 1

Even my 1998 Astra had four stars

01/25/2017 - 11:43 |
11 | 2
Pierce Tolar

I get the normal testing of like an actual crash, but since when does lane assist and the like become a standard for safety?

01/25/2017 - 11:37 |
14 | 0

It doesn’t even have to be on the car as standard; as long as the buyer has the option to buy it, Euro NCAP will add another star. Its totally silly.

01/25/2017 - 18:18 |
3 | 0



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