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Ford F-150 SuperCab Receives Marginal Crash Test Score

Small-Offset IIHS Crash Reveals Differences Compared to SuperCrew

Jul 30, 2015
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has now tested the Ford F-150’s less common variants and found some surprising disparities between the SuperCab and the SuperCrew. After it was reported that the SuperCrew had four steel wheel supports placed around the front wheels, the IIHS decided to test the lower-volume F-150 SuperCab. Traditionally, the safety institute will only test the highest-volume variant in a vehicle’s range, then extrapolate those results to the other body styles and trim packages.
If the IIHS test is to be believed, those four pieces of steel blocking the wheels from intruding into the cab make a huge difference in the small overlap crash test. While the SuperCab performed as well as the SuperCrew in every other metric (including moderate overlap, side impact, and roof strength), its “marginal” performance on the more challenging small overlap was the second-lowest rating the IIHS gives. Significant cockpit intrusion is apparent in the SuperCab (pictured below, right), compared to the SuperCrew’s very impressive performance in this test (below, left).
"In a small overlap front crash like this, there's no question you'd rather be driving the crew cab than the extended cab F-150," said David Zuby, IIHS chief research officer.
According to the institute, the floorpan was pushed back at least 10 inches into the crash dummy’s foot space, with a moderate risk of injuries to the right and left legs. Measurements taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of injuries to the head, neck, and chest, so at least there’s that. However, the SuperCab’s poor safety structure and steering column intrusion combine to give the truck that marginal rating on the test.
Photo 4/6   |   The IIHS painted the additional steel support beams on the SuperCrew red and yellow to make them easier to see.
Photo 5/6   |   The SuperCab has no such wheel blockers.
The F-150 is, by and large, a safe vehicle. Regardless of body style, it achieves good test scores on most of the IIHS’ tests. Additionally, it is still a five-star–rated vehicle on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration battery of tests. And it must be noted that Ford is looking into adding countermeasures to the SuperCab to make it safer in certain crash scenarios like those of the small overlap test, which could mean it may add the structure-enhancing wheel blockers to the lower-production pickup.
Until then, the company can enjoy the volume-model SuperCrew’s Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS, while working to enhance the safety of the F-150’s other, less popular body types.
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Photo 6/6   |   2015 Ford F 150 Supercab Iihs Testing

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