Ford F-150 earns highest safety award - DodgeIntrepid.Net Forums - Dodge Intrepid, Concorde, 300m and Eagle Vision chat
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-17-2009, 03:42 PM Thread Starter

 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 336
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                   
Post Ford F-150 earns highest safety award

The redesigned 2009 Ford F-150 pickup received top safety ratings from the government and a leading outside group, the automaker said Wednesday.

The pickup earned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s top 5-star crash-test ratings and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “Top Safety Pick” award.

The 2009 F-150 is the first truck to feature side-impact air bags. It has a redesigned front end with high-strength steel to better protect occupants during crashes.

“The new F-150’s leading 5-star crash ratings and ‘Top Safety Pick’ award further demonstrate Ford’s commitment to safety,” said Susan Cischke, Ford’s group vice president of sustainability, environment and safety engineering.

The new pickup was completely redesigned with a new hydroformed steel front end, including use of tubular ultra-high-strength lighter weight steel, according to Steve Kozak, Ford’s chief engineer for safety systems.

The side-curtain air bags are designed to stay open for six seconds during a rollover crash. The system is designed to “cocoon” an occupant during a crash, Kozak said

The F-150 has a new “K-bag,” a front-seat dual-chamber side air bag named for its shape, which is designed to help protect the rib cage from excessive crash forces during a side impact.

Pickup trucks have often had fewer safety features than other vehicles, in part because customers haven’t sought them.

NHTSA issued a study in 2006 after it conducted focus groups on the impact of safety on auto buyers that suggested the agency may have problems convincing people to use the safety ratings.

“Pickup truck buyers are unconcerned about safety ratings,” NHTSA said.

Ford said its recent customer research shows 83 percent of F-150 buyers consider safety one of the top reasons to purchase.



More...
Auto Reporter is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-18-2009, 06:10 PM
Intrepid Pro
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: illinois
Posts: 2,488
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
If only it didn't have the worst headlights of a full size pickup, so you are most likely to get into an accident at night.

and don't forget the horrible red turn signals
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/staticfiles.../811%20037.pdf

Last edited by MikeW; 01-19-2009 at 10:22 AM.
MikeW is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-19-2009, 07:02 AM
Intrepid Modder
 
the_darker_intrepid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Burlington WA
Posts: 484
Feedback: 0 / 0%
                     
Quote:
Originally Posted by MikeW View Post
If only it didn't have the worst headlights of a full size pickup, so you are most likely to get into an accident at night.


Ditto
the_darker_intrepid is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the DodgeIntrepid.Net Forums - Dodge Intrepid, Concorde, 300m and Eagle Vision chat forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

Member names may only be composed of alpha-numeric characters. (A-Z and 0-9)

!!ATTENTION ADVERTISERS!! If you intend on advertising anything on this forum, whatsoever, you are required to first contact us here . Additionaly, we do NOT allow BUSINESS NAMES unless you are an Authorized Vendor. If you own a business, and want to do sales on this site via posting or private message, you will need to follow the rules. Shops, Stores, Distributors, Group Buys without being authorized will see your account terminated.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Linear Mode Linear Mode
Rate This Thread:



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome