February 17, 2004


New F-150 pickup receives top rating in frontal crash test

Dearborn, Michigan – The recently-redesigned 2004 Ford F-150 SuperCab and SuperCrew pickups have each earned the top safety score in the U.S. government’s 35 mph frontal impact crash test – five stars for the driver and five stars for the front-seat passenger.

In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) test, officially known as the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), vehicles are rated on the protection provided to properly seat belt restrained occupants in a frontal collision. Five stars indicate the best crash protection.

“The five-star ratings confirm our own analysis of the safety performance of this excellent vehicle,” said Jim Vondale, director, Automotive Safety Office. “The F-150 has a strong record for real-world safety.”

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 40 mph frontal offset crash category.

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