Assessment done on the Ford Mustang in the full-frontal crash test revealed that the driver and passenger airbags didn’t have enough pressure in them to stop the occupants’ head from hitting either the dashboard or the steering wheel, depending on which side they are seated. In the rigid barrier test, the front crash test dummy in the Mustang wasn’t affected much except for in the chest, where protection was termed as “adequate”.
In the frontal offset impact test, neither of the front airbags inflated enough to fully protect the occupants, and in the side impact test the ‘10-year-old’ dummy’s head actually squashed right through the under-inflated curtain airbag and hit the door trim.
While we’re on the topic of EuroNCAP, it’s worth mentioning that Volvo’s S90 (and V90 wagon sibling) scored five stars during the same round of testing, with high scores in all four categories and an especially impressive 95 percent for adult occupant protection. Some stereotypes really are true.