Is a Ford F-150 an auto-safety issue?
Is a new car a safe car?
According to the National Review, the answer is no.
The magazine’s senior editor, Robert Costa, argued that “Ford has been a champion of safety for decades.”
He argued that the company’s F-Series trucks have been “designed with more than 300,000 people killed and thousands injured each year in the U.S. alone.”
“But Ford doesn’t think of itself as a car company,” Costa wrote.
“They see themselves as an automotive giant.”
Costa went on to argue that “if the F-series is going to be considered a safety car, it has to be built in a factory that doesn’t use deadly chemicals and it has the latest and most advanced safety technology.”
It’s a good argument, but the National Press Club did its own analysis of the F150’s safety record and found that “a total of 3,935 fatalities have been attributed to the F200’s safety features, while 1,813 were attributable to the standard Ford F150.”
(Anecdotally, I’ve heard of at least one person whose F150 was damaged by a deer or mule.)
It’s worth noting that the Ford F200 has a slightly higher coefficient of drag than the Ford Edge, the Chevy Volt, and the Nissan Versa.
In any case, the National Safety Council also called the F100 a “substandard” vehicle and suggested that the F80 model be removed from production.
But in the end, the Ford team did what the National Society for Safety and Technology did: They created a new safety car in the name of “social justice.”
The F100 was also designed by Ford’s safety team, and according to the company, it’s “designed to be safe and affordable for consumers.”