Ford F-150 Earns Top Safety Pick Rating
The new F-150 is offering Ford's AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control) as standard, a strong statement towards the company's safety concern.
“Earning a ‘Top Safety Pick’ is great news because the Insurance Institute’s tests are some of the most demanding conducted outside of our own laboratories, and customers increasingly rely on them when choosing a new vehicle,” said Susan Cischke, Ford’s senior vice president of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering.
“The Ford F-150 offers the best safety ratings, unsurpassed fuel economy and unmatched capability – three of the top purchase considerations for truck customers today,” she added.
The new F-150 is one of the toughest trucks made by the constructor and there is evidence to support that by extensive use of ultra-high-strength steel. This makes the car lighter as well and this is the essence of good fuel economy.
A new addition to the old truck is the standard Safety Canopy side-curtain air bag rollover protection system, involved rollovers and side-impact crashes. Because rollover last longer than side impacts, this is designed to stay inflated for several seconds.
Further options include the new “K-bag” passenger sensors that specify the type of airbag deployed based on the weight of the occupant, Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, a Tow Haul Mode for the gearbox that is adapted for towing and a Reverse Camera System.
“All of these ‘driver friendly’ features not only help make this the safest F-150 ever, but they also instill confidence making the 2009 F-150’s best-in-class capability more usable,” said Doug Scott, Ford truck marketing manager.