Earlier this year Ford Mustang had drawn flak for scoring two stars at the Euro NCAP. The Mustangs which have begun production from July 2017 now get more standard safety equipment, thereby progressing to claiming three stars at the Euro NCAP. The fresh lot gets driver-assist technology as standard including features like - pre collision assist with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking, and the lane keeping aid.
Prior to safety upgrade, the airbags in the Mustang also failed to fully inflate and reports also indicate that the seatbelt pre-tensioners and the load-limiters also did not optimally function. Although the company offers the forward collision warning system as a standard on Mustangs sold in North America, it was not offered as a standard on the Europe-spec model. The addition of one star to the rating has been awarded without conducting a crash test for the second time and is based on claims by Ford that problems have been rectified.
As per fresh scores, the Mustang now scores 78 per cent in pedestrian safety as against the older 64 per cent and the safety-assist technology has risen from 16 per cent to 61 per cent. Scores for adult safety and child safety remains the same at 72 per cent and 32 per cent respectively. In India, the Mustang is sold via the CBU route, which means that improved safety feature loaded models might be available in India in the days to come.