F-150 Dramatically Improves in Crash Survivability Over Previous
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just released its study of driver fatality numbers in accidents involving 2001 to 2004 model year cars and trucks that occurred between calendar years 2002 and 2005.
In the report, the redesigned 2004 Ford F-150 saw driver deaths per million registered vehicle years drop from 118 to 58, or 51%, versus 2001-2003 model year F-150 pickups, if the driver was in a 4x4. Driver death rates dropped even further if the accident involved a 2004 F-150 4x2, from 119 to 40, a 66% improvement. This was the lowest fatality rate of any pickup. It's also substantially under the average car and truck death rate of 79 during the same period, and beats overall vehicle death rate declines of 30% since the mid-1990s.
The pickups with the highest rates of driver death were the 2001 to 2004 model year Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series pickups. Both small trucks share a common architecture and saw near identical fatality stats of 150 for Ranger 2-wheel drive and 147 for B-Series 4-wheel drive versions.
More information about the report, including how it was compiled and scored, can be found on the IIHS web site.