The test outfit said the two-door was let down in three out of the four assessment areas, with the full-width frontal test showing “a serious risk of head, chest and leg injury for the rear passenger” while insufficient inflation of the front airbags caused the driver’s head to hit the steering wheel.
Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP’s Secretary General, said: “Ford did not expect Euro NCAP to test the Mustang and chose not to fit safety technology in Europe which is available to its American consumers. Such an attitude to safety should trouble Ford’s customers, whether they are buying a high-powered muscle car or a regular family car.”
Euro NCAP’s secretary general, Michiel van Ratingen, said: “Volvo has invested in safety, has made key technologies standard across the model range and the results speak for themselves: a very impressive five-star rating.
Unlike the majority of passenger cars, many sports cars are not crash-tested as they are too expensive to be bought and smashed in triplicate. Benchmark models such as the Porsche 911, Mercedes-Benz SL do not carry independently assessed safety ratings, but the Mustang’s relatively affordable price and global popularity pushed EuroNCAP to put it to the test.