2015 Ford F-150 Earns Five-Star Safety Rating From NHTSA
The new-for-2015 Ford F-150 was awarded a five-star overall vehicle score for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) battery of tests, indicating high overall crash performance in the organization’s New Car Assessment Program.
Ford credits a number of technologies to the truck’s good performance in the crash tests. The new F-150’s high-strength-steel-intensive fully boxed frame improves the truck’s stiffness, helping maintain the safety cage and survival space for occupants. Additionally, a unique, patented front crush horn helps dissipate crash forces so the frame buckles more predictably. In the body, strategically placed roof and rocker rails provide a cage-like structure around the doors, while lateral roof bows keep side-to-side forces from collapsing the cab.
That stiff structure gave the F-150 the administration’s highest safety rating in frontal barrier, side barrier, and side pole tests for both driver and passenger dummies, while a four-star rollover rating does little to diminish the pickup’s overall performance. Excelling in all of those tests is difficult, particularly the side pole test, which simulates sliding into a small-diameter fixed object like a pole or a tree. It exerts tremendous force on a relatively small area, so a stiff safety cage and plenty of airbags help in this kind of a crash.
Notably, both the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 get the same ratings as the Ford F-150, with five-star ratings in front and side impact tests and a four-star rollover rating, amounting to a five-star overall rating. The Ram 1500 pickup gets a four-star frontal rating, a five-star side impact rating, and a four-star rollover rating, for an overall four-star performance.
Source: Ford, NHTSA