March 15, 2004


Ford F-150 models score well in crash tests

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released the latest New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash results for all model year 2004 pickups on the agency’s web site: www.safercar.gov.

The redesigned Ford F-150 is the only 2004 pickup to earn the government’s top rating of five stars for both the driver and right front passenger in the frontal crash. The 2004 Ford F-150 Regular Cab, SuperCab and SuperCrew have earned the top safety scores – five stars for the driver and five stars for the front-seat passenger.

The new F-150 also recently received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) highest ranking of “Best Pick” in frontal crash performance. The F-150 was the first, and only, pickup truck to receive a “Best Pick” in the high-speed frontal offset crash category.

The NHTSA web-site includes new 2004 frontal impact ratings for pickups and four door vehicles are provided for the Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab 4×2 four-door pickup, Ford F-150 4×2 regular cab pickup, Ford F-150 4×4 regular cab pickup, Ford F-150 Super Crew 4×2 four-door pickup, Ford F-150 Super Crew 4×4 four-door pickup, Ford F-150 Supercab 4×2 extended cab pickup, Ford F-150 Supercab 4×4 extended cab pickup, and the GMC Canyon Crew Cab 4×2 four-door pickup.

In addition, new 2004 side impact ratings for pickups are provided for the Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab 4×2 four-door pickup and GMC Canyon Crew Cab 4×2 four-door pickup.

As well, the Nissan Quest van earned the top rating of five stars for side impact. On Jan. 6, 2004, the Nissan Quest received five stars for both the driver and right front passenger in the frontal crash.

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