Redesigned F-150 Crash Tested.

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  1. TriShield

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    HIGH-SPEED CRASH TEST RESULTS:
    NEW FORD PICKUP & MINIVAN ARE 'BEST PICKS,'
    F-150 PICKUP SHOWS DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENT


    ARLINGTON, VA -- The redesigned Ford F-150 pickup truck and Ford Freestar minivan each earned the highest overall rating in a recent series of 40 mph frontal crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Both vehicles, which are 2004 models, improved compared with their predecessors. The previous F-150 model was rated poor, while the redesigned 2004 model F-150 earned a good rating and the added designation of "best pick." Ford's previous minivan, the Windstar, was rated acceptable, while the new Freestar earned a rating of good and also is a "best pick."

    Vehicle ratings reflect performance in 40 mph frontal offset crash tests into a deformable barrier. Based on the results, the Institute evaluates the crashworthiness of passenger vehicles, assigning each vehicle a rating from good overall to poor. If a vehicle earns a good rating, it means that in a real-world crash of similar severity a belted driver would be likely to walk away with minor injuries. A "best pick" designation means the vehicle performed well across the board in the 40 mph crash test.

    "The good crash test results of the F-150 pickup and the Freestar minivan mean that Ford has the top-rated full-size pickup truck and one of the two top-rated minivans in the Institute's frontal crashworthiness evaluations," says Institute president Brian O'Neill.

    Intrusion measures are much lower for new F-150: "The F-150 went from the worst performing large pickup we've tested to the best performing large pickup," O'Neill says. "When we tested the old F-150, there was massive collapse of the occupant compartment, and as a result high injury forces were recorded on the driver dummy. In contrast, the compartment of the new F-150 held up extremely well in the offset test, the dummy's movement was well controlled, and all injury measures were low."

    COMPARISON OF 2001 FORD F-150 AND REDESIGNED 2004 F-150
    Measured intrusion (centimeters) in 40 mph frontal offset tests

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    2001 FORD F-150

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    Poor structural performance: Massive collapse of the occupant compartment

    2004 FORD F-150

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    Good structural performance: Occupant compartment remained intact

    Minivan also improves: The Freestar minivan's driver space was maintained well in the offset test, and the dummy moved back into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury. In contrast, the old Windstar had too much upward movement of the steering wheel, which could compromise the performance of the restraint system. Intrusion into the Windstar's footwell area contributed to moderately high forces on the dummy's left leg.

    "The new Freestar and the Toyota Sienna are the only two minivans that are rated good and also are 'best picks' in the Institute's frontal offset crash test," O'Neill says.

    Ford requests tests: It's unusual for the Institute to release crash test results for vehicles from just one manufacturer. Ford requested the tests of the F-150 and Freestar early in the model year, and it's long-standing Institute policy to grant such requests if the manufacturer reimburses the Institute for the cost of the vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the federal agency that also conducts crashworthiness evaluations, has a similar policy.

    Structural design is key to good performance: The Institute's frontal offset test into a deformable barrier is especially demanding of vehicle structure. The driver side hits the barrier, so a relatively small area of the vehicle's front-end structure must manage the crash energy. This means intrusion into the occupant compartment is more likely to occur than in a full-width test.

    "Good structural design is the key to good performance in the offset test," O'Neill says. "If a vehicle's front-end structure absorbs and manages the crash energy so the occupant compartment remains largely intact, with little or no intrusion into the driver's space, then the dummy's movement can be controlled, and injury measures are likely to be low. In contrast, poor structural design means greater likelihood of poor control of the dummy and high injury measures."

    Institute and government tests complement each other: The Institute's crashworthiness evaluations are based on results of frontal offset crash tests at 40 mph. Each vehicle's overall evaluation is based on three aspects of performance -- measurements of occupant compartment intrusion, injury measures from a Hybrid III dummy positioned in the driver seat, and analysis of slow-motion film to assess how well the restraint system controlled dummy movement during the test.

    The federal government has been testing new passenger vehicles in 35 mph full-front crash tests since 1978. This New Car Assessment Program has been a major contributor to crashworthiness improvements -- in particular, improved restraint systems in new passenger vehicles. The Institute's offset tests, conducted since 1995, involve 40 percent of a vehicle's front end hitting a deformable barrier at 40 mph. This test complements the federal test involving the full width of the front end hitting a rigid barrier. Both tests are contributing to improvements in crashworthiness -- in particular improved crumple zones and safety cages.

    The same 40 mph offset crash test is used to evaluate new cars by the European Union in cooperation with motor clubs, by an Australian consortium of state gov-ernments and motor clubs, and by a government-affiliated organization in Japan.

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    This is one of the many tactics we're using to convince my dad to trade his 01 F-150 in :hs:
     
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    The old model is scary in crashes. :ugh:
     
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    That's why i like my OLD old model :o
     
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    Passenger cars it hits are still fucked :hs:
     
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    very interesting, i didnt know the 01's did so poorly in crash tests

    glad i didnt buy one :o
     
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    I have a 2000 F-150. :o

    I'm screwed!
     
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    73-79 > 2004
     
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    Sweet, another reason to get me to buy one :cool:

    This really sucks though because I promised myself I would never buy another Ford after my ranger, and now I like the Mustang and the F150 :hs:
     
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    what's sad is there are still selling the old f150 under another name
     
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    66-77 Bronco> 78-79 :fawk:
     
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    explain
     
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    66-77 :cool: but I'll stick with my BIG one. :fawk:
     
  22. Black Light

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    NOT the 2nd gen F150 Lightning with its reinforced frame!!1 :nono: Its frame is much thicker, and both riveted and welded for maximum strength :bigthumb: :embd:

    I hit 2 cars (totalling one of them :angel: ) and only had to get a new bumper :hsd: I barely felt anything while the lady in Nissan Altima hurt her arm on an exploding air bag :ughd:

    :fawkd:
     
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    Also, notice that the F150 that failed the test was an extended cab one. Both regular cab and supercrews scored much higher :embd:
     
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    So who sucks at driving, you or them?
     

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