Another Ford Mustang, another pavement
Ford’s sixth-generation Mustang has scored just two out of a possible five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test, the first time since 2008 such a low score has been handed out to a major automaker by Europe’s main safety body. That’s really not good, considering that most online supercar-fail videos begin, end and are mostly comprised of tail happy Mustangs mounting pavements like horny Jack Russells.
“Euro NCAP also issues scores, measured as a percentage, in four critical areas of safety: Adult Occupant Protection, Child Occupant Protection, Pedestrian Protection and Safety Assist. In the case of the Mustang, the scores came in at 72% for Adult Occupant Protection, 32% for Child Occupant Protection, 64% for Pedestrian Protection, and 16% for Safety Assist” – Motorauthority.com
The American spec cars tested better in the States as they come with safety features like assisted braking, a feature that the European spec does not have, but they do get a spike that deploys from where the airbags should be. This spike deploys after a minor or major accident and impales anyone in the car, and they die. The car, however, does have sufficient sound deadening to mute the sound of distressed passengers, as to not upset pedestrians.
Things get quite tricky when looking at the discrepancy in height between adults and children. They cannot guarantee a child will get impaled, which is where they got their two stars.
In all seriousness, it has to do with airbags not inflating sufficiently, seatbelt pre-tensioners not doing what they are supposed to do and an airbag not being sufficient to stop a 10-year-old from giving some of the interior trim a big ole kiss during an accident.
Ford are going to fix all the problems with the European cars, chances are that the only thing that might get hurt when a Mustang has an accident will be the pavement and anyone unlucky enough to be on said pavement.