The RACT is warning motorists to do their homework before buying a vehicle after independent vehicle safety advocate Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) revealed a two-star rating for the popular Ford Mustang.
The tested model of Ford Mustang was introduced in Australia and New Zealand in December 2015. This ANCAP safety rating is based on tests conducted by Euro NCAP and applies to V8 Fastback (coupe) variants.
ANCAP said the Ford Mustang rating was limited to two stars due to its poor performance in three of the four areas of assessment – Adult Occupant Protection, Child Occupant Protection and Safety Assist.
The poorest performing area of assessment was Safety Assist, with the Mustang scoring two points out of a possible 12.
"This result is simply shocking for such a newly designed and popular model," said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer James Goodwin.
"The safety of adult occupants, child occupants and the ability to avoid a crash all form the basis of our ratings and the Mustang falls short in each of these areas."
"It's disappointing speed assistance systems, lane support systems, autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning and rear seat belt reminders are all missing from the Mustang," Mr Goodwin said.
"Of concern there was insufficient inflation of both the driver and front passenger airbags in the frontal offset test which allowed the driver's head to contact the steering wheel and the passenger's head to contact the dashboard,"
"This rating is not intended to shock or surprise – it simply presents the safety of this car against that of its contemporary competitors."
Most vehicles driven in Australia since 1993 have undergone strict and thorough safety testing by ANCAP, which is supported by all the Auto Clubs and most road authorities in Australia.
Safer vehicles have made a significant impact on the road toll in Australia during the past 20 years.
RACT general manager, Member Assist, Darren Moody reminded motorists to do some simple checks before buying a vehicle:
- Purchase the safest vehicle you can afford; some vehicles are safer than others in every price range.
- If possible, look for a four or five-star vehicle.
- All information for cars tested by ANCAP can be found at www.ancap.com.au/safety-ratings.
- Do your homework. It could save your life!
For more details on the Ford Mustang result, visit http://www.ancap.com.au/safety-reports/c7fccc