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Ford F-150 SuperCab Earns 'Top Safety Pick' a Year After Crashgate

2015 Ford F-150

The folks in Dearborn are right chuffed about the F-150’s latest crash results – so much so that they sent out embargo materials to a number of shops, including us (thank you!), to make sure we get the story straight.

According to the Insurance coverage Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the F-150 SuperCab – in addition to the SuperCrew tested last year – is now a Top Safety Pick, whenever equipped with optional ahead collision alert. Ford is the?only brand name awarded as such within the segment.

The latest spherical of tests comes after Ford was caught with its pants down last year. Those tests found that not all F-150s?are intended equal when it came to withstanding the feared small overlap frontal accident test.

This year, it’utes more of the same – but the trucks behaving badly aren’t Fords.

According to IIHS, the latest round associated with testing included extended and crew cab trucks. Of the 7 trucks tested, only three?trucks – Ford F-150 SuperCab, Chevrolet Silverado Fifteen hundred (GMC Sierra) Double Cab, and Toyota Tundra Double Cab – earned “acceptable” or higher rankings in the small overlap front crash test.

F-150 SuperCab Small Offset Front Crash Test, Image: Captured from IIHS Video

A-pillars began going pear-shaped when IIHS supersized the exam subjects. Both the Silverado 1500 Crew Cab as well as Tundra Crew Max obtained “marginal” scores in the little overlap front crash check.

“Both models experienced considerable intrusion into the occupant compartment that compromised survival room for the driver,” IIHS stated in an embargoed release.

Chevrolet Silverado Small Offset Front Crash Test, Image: Captured from IIHS Video

Ram, that introduced its 1500-series vehicle just before IIHS announced?the little overlap front crash check, received a “poor” framework and “marginal” overall rating in the small overlap test, regardless of cab size.

“The force from the crash pushed the actual door-hinge pillar, instrument solar panel and steering column back toward the motive force dummy. In the Memory Crew Cab check, the dummy’s head approached the front airbag but folded around the left side as the steering line moved to the right, permitting the head to approach the intruding windshield pillar,” the IIHS release mentioned.

Ram 1500 Small Overlap Front Crash Test, Image: Captured from IIHS Video

All trucks tested – save the F-150 – were rated “poor” through IIHS for lower leg and foot protection in a small offset front crash.

To date, regular taxi trucks remain?uncrashed. Nevertheless, Ford’s truck spokesperson Mike Levine explained that the automaker included comparable countermeasures in regular cab versions of its 2016 F-150.

“It has wheel blockers, nylon hinge pillar reinforcement as well as rocker panel supports,” said Levine in an e-mail with TTAC. He later detailed, “There are minor differences but generally the same countermeasures are now throughout all cabs therefore we expect similar overall performance in small overlap screening for SuperCrew, SuperCab and Normal Cab.”

Toyota representative Nate Martinez mentioned his employer is?looking at the test results as a learning?chance.

“We are evaluating the exam results with the goal of finding new methods to continuously improve the overall performance of Toyota trucks and to further enhance the safety of our vehicles,” Martinez stated over email. “Importantly, the Toyota trucks tested continue to meet or even exceed all federally required motor vehicle safety standards.”

And Ram says it meets federally mandated safety requirements as well.

“Every FCA All of us vehicle meets or even exceeds all relevant federal motor-vehicle safety standards. However, we constantly evaluate the performance of our vehicles,” explained Memory spokesperson Nick Cappa more than email.

Considering Ram’s 1500-series vehicle is one of the oldest full-size vans available, FCA could avoid further development of the present platform to focus on the next-generation pickup’s?safety overall performance. The same train of thought can be applied to the even older second-generation Tundra, which Toyota debuted in 2007 and refreshed?for that 2014 model year.

A consultant for GM rejected to comment on the results.

As for Ford, this?can now unequivocally state it?has the safest truck according to IIHS tests, and IIHS can claim it?forced an OEM’s hand to?build a safer vehicle. Everyone wins — except for those who purchased regular and extended cab 2015 F-150s.

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