DEARBORN, Mich., March 11, 2004 – The 2004 Ford F-150 Regular Cab, SuperCab and SuperCrew have each earned the top safety score in the federal government’s frontal impact crash test – five stars for the driver and five stars for the front-seat passenger. The Ford F-150 is the only 2004 pickup to earn the government’s top safety rating of five stars for both the driver and right front passenger in the frontal impact mode.
In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) test, officially known as the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), vehicles are rated on the protection provided to properly seat belt restrained occupants in a frontal collision. Five stars indicate the best crash protection. More occupant fatalities and injuries occur in frontal crashes than any other type of crash.
"The five-star ratings confirm our own analysis of the safety performance of this excellent vehicle," said Jim Vondale, director, Automotive Safety Office. "The F-150 has a strong record for real-world safety."
The new F-150 also recently received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) highest ranking of "Best Pick" in frontal crash performance. The F-150 was the first, and only, pickup truck to receive a "Best Pick" in the high-speed frontal offset crash category.