On Tuesday, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has published its annual small-overlap front crash test ratings. The independent crash test has found Ford F-150 SuperCab, the only one to win the top safety award. It has earned a ‘good’ rating, the highest distinction award.
The institute awarded 2016 models in an overlap crash test in which condition is replicated that what happens when a vehicle runs off the road and a portion of its front end hits a tree or a pole at 40 miles per hour.
Crew cab and extended cab versions that are the most popular body styles were evaluated in the tests. The institute has evaluated different body styles and after carrying out the tests, it was found that the 2015 F-150 SuperCab was lacking some of the structural elements of the larger F-150 SuperCrew. Therefore, it got lower ratings.
Ford reacted well by adding reinforcements to the 2016 SuperCab. Ford has also added nylon reinforcements to the door hinges. An IIHS spokesman was of the view that the test replicates a crash that almost cannot happen.
“Ford is leading the way among large pickup manufacturers when it comes to protecting people in a range of crashes and offering technology to warn drivers of imminent frontal crashes”, affirmed Raul Arbelaez, vice president of the IIHS’s Vehicle Research Center.
Raul said that they appreciate Ford for taking last year’s results seriously and worked on upgrading protection for SuperCab occupants. Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, Global Product development, said that since the time their team started working on new F-150, they knew it had to be best-in class.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500 and Toyota Tundra, which are extended-cab models each, had ‘acceptable’ ratings. The large trucks earned good ratings in the moderate-overlap front test.