Crash Test Ratings for the 2016 Ford Escape
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) provides consumers with crash test ratings to help consumers make more educated decisions and vehicle purchases. Frontal and side crash test ratings are located in the Government Safety Ratings portion of all 2016 vehicle window stickers.
If you are like many consumers, you are probably asking, "How does NHTSA determine crash test ratings?" In all scenarios, the tests are designed to reproduce the most common real life accidents. Instruments measure the force of the impact and how it transfers to the vehicle's passengers and then compares similar vehicles' test results.
The frontal crash test simulates a head on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph. The test includes dummies to represent an average size male in the driver's seat and a small female in the front passenger seat.
The side crash test rating represents an intersection type collision by having a 3,015 pound barrier that replicates the characteristics of the front end of a vehicle, moving at 38.5 mph into a standing vehicle. The test includes dummies to represent an average size male in the drivers seat and a small female in the driver's side second row seating position. A pole test was designed to simulate the broadside impact of a vehicle into a tree or telephone pole at 20 mph. The test includes a dummy to represent a small female in the driver's seat.
Rollover ratings are determined by mathematical formulas that consider the vehicle's geometric properties and the number of crash avoidance technologies are used to determine the likelihood of a rollover in certain conditions. More information about the NHTSA and their ratings can be found at www.safercar.gov.
What do the stars mean?
Frontal Crash and side impact tests
5 stars = injury risk for the vehicle is much less than average
4 stars = injury risk for the vehicle is less than average to average
3 stars = injury risk for the vehicle is average to greater than average
4 stars = Rollover risk for the vehicle is less than average to average.
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