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Ford Mustang flunks crash test with two-star Euro NCAP

Published: 26 January 2017 Updated: 26 January 2017

► Ford Mustang’s Euro NCAP shock
► Just two stars in crash tests
► ‘Poor in active safety, child protection’

The latest Ford Mustang – the first sold officially in Europe – has flunked its Euro NCAP crash test debut with a surprisingly low two-star rating.

Testers put the coupe through its paces, not the convertible.

Why did the Ford Mustang do so badly in Euro NCAP?

While at the cutting edge of line lock and V8 soundtracks, the ‘Stang is not exactly generously equipped with active safety systems.

Points were knocked off for the Ford’s lack of AEB autonomous emergency braking, lane assist and other driving assistance gizmos.

More worryingly, the airbags hadn’t prevented the crash test dummy’s head from hitting the steering wheel and rear-seat passenger protection was rated as ‘poor.’

Passenger safety in Ford Mustang

So what’s Ford going to do about it?

Testers noted that: ‘Ford has informed Euro NCAP that orders placed after May will receive an updated vehicle, which will be launched later in 2017, and will be equipped with Pre Collision Assist (with Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking) and Lane Keeping Aid.’

Sounds like it might be worth waiting a few months more if you’re considering a chunk of Mustang muscle.

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By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, car news magnet, crafter of words