IIHS to Retest Ford F-150 Due To Cab Differences
Addition of “Supplementary Material” to SuperCrew Prompts Review of Other Cab Styles
The 2015 Ford F-150 recently made headlines for its class-leading safety scores across all configurations of the truck. However, the recent discovery that the volume-leading SuperCrew model has additional material that might affect its crashworthiness has prompted the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to perform additional testing that includes the SuperCab, according to Automotive News. The agency has only tested the SuperCrew, which reportedly makes up 70 percent of F-150 sales, and it extrapolated the test results to the other body styles.
The key hardware difference between the new models, discovered through repair literature available to body shops, are metal beams in front of and behind the front wheels on SuperCrew models, referred to as “frame bracket crew cab protectors.” The greater likelihood of having additional passengers and children in the SuperCrew model may have influenced the decision to include the change; however, the difference in hardware could affect crash test results.
Although there is a difference between the SuperCab and SuperCrew, it does not automatically mean the SuperCab will lose its safety certification. In recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) government tests, the federal agency individually tested all three of the cab configurations of the F-150 and granted all of them five-star overall safety ratings. One of the key differentiators between the IIHS and NHTSA tests is the IIHS’s small front overlap test, a test which has proven to be a challenge for many automakers to meet to earn IIHS’s coveted “Top Safety Pick” or “Top Safety Pick+” designation.
Source: Automotive News