Mustang makes safety strides as Ibiza sets new benchmark

Mustang makes safety strides as Ibiza sets new benchmark
Mustang makes safety strides as Ibiza sets new benchmark

Ford’s Mustang has upped its game in the safety stakes just months after being given a shocking two-star rating by testing authorities.

In January the American-built muscle car was given the poor rating by Euro NCAP for under-inflating airbags and the lack of safety technology such as autonomous emergency braking, as well as issues with rear seat belts and airbags.

Since then Ford has added pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and a lane keeping aid to the car’s standard equipment and addressed the issue with the driver’s airbag.

On retesting the car, Euro NCAP upgraded its rating to three stars – hardly a stellar performance but Ford’s efforts to quickly address some of the issues with the car have been welcomed.

“In just a few months, Ford has responded to improve on the initial low safety rating given to the Mustang,” said Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham Research, Euro NCAP’s UK centre.

“Our advice to buyers is to always opt for a Euro NCAP five-star car, so a three star Euro NCAP rating is never a cause for celebration. However, Ford’s rapid addition of a suite of standard-fit safety tech and its prompt updates to improve the performance of the airbags and restraints is to be applauded.”

The latest results from safety testing body Euro NCAP reveal that as well as an improvement from the Mustang, Seat’s new Ibiza supermini put in an exceptional performance.

The Spanish brand’s small hatchback achieved a full five-star rating and has been praised for raising the bar for cars in its class with a combination of strong crash protection and advanced safety technology that protects passengers and other road users.

Matthew Avery commented: “Seat has set a new benchmark in safety for the supermini price point category. The Ibiza not only comes with standard-fit AEB but also Pedestrian AEB – which is proven to reduce vulnerable road user deaths.

“The new VW Polo will be built on the same platform as the Ibiza which bodes well and with major new supermini launches expected later in 2017, the safety game is now on for carmakers in this category.”

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