The 2019 Ford F-150 is the only truck to earn the top-tier good rating in all categories among all light-duty crew cab pickups measured in a small overlap front crash testing for both driver and passengers, according to test results released by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The F-150 also comes out as the best performer in passenger-side small overlap front crash testing among 11 pickups.
Hau Thai- Tang, Ford Executive Vice President, Product Development and Purchasing said, “F- 150’s smart engineering, plus the innovative combination of its high-strength steel frame and high-strength aluminum alloy body continues to demonstrate enduring customer benefits from repeated class-leading crash test performance to best-in-class towing and payload.”
Improvements in durability, capability, fuel economy and safety for the F- 150 come courtesy of a cross-functional group of Ford truck veterans who worked thousands of hours to innovate and create the product we all know and love. Structures that manage crash forces and joining methods that were tested in computer simulations then retested in Ford’s advanced laboratories were among 31 innovations created by the team.
A patented extruded aluminum roof cross member and an additional frame cross member that work to improve crash resilience were among a series of innovations created by Ford, that worked together to manage crash forces in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety small overlap front crash test. Weight saving nylon hinge pillar reinforcements and specially designed wheel blockers work to control crash forces and provide additional safety.
Earlier, the F- 150 crew cab had been awarded a five-star overall vehicle score and a five-star rating for driver and passenger for all crash test modes in testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.