Super Duty Earns Highest Possible Crash Rating by NHTSA
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Praises 2017 Ford Truck for Research & Development
In another crucial move to silence the aluminum nay-sayers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded Ford’s F-250 4×2 pickup a five-star overall crash rating. Furthermore, the 2017 F-Series Super Duty is the only heavy-duty pickup truck to earn the NHTSA’s highest safety rating, ever. If that’s not proof that Ford knows how to build a darn good truck, then I don’t know what is.
According to Ford, the Super Duty’s exceptional safety characteristics begin with its foundation—the 95 percent high-strength steel fully boxed frame. In addition, the military-grade aluminum-alloy body performed flawlessly during the government mandated crash tests. As a result, the Super Duty’s frontal driver crash rating improved to five stars over the previous generation. Lastly, the side crash ratings for front and rear remain five stars for the 2017 4×2 model.
A total savings of over 350 pounds was achieved by making the switch to aluminum for the body and box. More importantly, this also led to higher local frame stiffness at key locations, which severely improved occupant protection. Ford claims the new fully boxed frame is up to 24 times stiffer than the frame in the previous Super Duty.
There are many reasons why Ford’s engineering team should feel proud, but creating safe and dependable trucks should be at the top of the list. We recently shared a story about how six teens survived a massive car crash onboard an F-150, and how aluminum (and seat belts) played a deciding factor in their fate.
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