PRODUCT QUALITY AND SAFETY

Data: Vehicle Safety

A. Percent of Nameplates Achieving 4-star or Better NCAP Overall Vehicle Score (OVS)

Data are for the model year noted.

Percent of Ford Motor Company vehicles tested by model year

Select years

  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Ford 17 60 95 100 100
Toyota 42 54 100 100 100
GM 95 82 89 88 87
  • Third party rated (NHTSA)

Data notes and analysis:

Beginning with the 2011 model year the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) significantly changed its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and added a new metric, the Overall Vehicle Score (OVS), a calculation based on data from frontal crash, side crash, and rollover evaluations. We are simplifying our metrics and reporting NHTSA’s OVS. For detailed information on the NCAP system, see www.safercar.gov, and in particular www.safercar.gov/staticfiles/toolkit/pdfs/faq.pdf (pdf, 212kb).

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B. Percent of Nameplates Achieving 5-star NCAP Overall Vehicle Score (OVS)

Data are for the model year noted.

Percent of Ford Motor Company vehicles tested by model year

Select years

  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Ford 0 0 32 41 65
Toyota 0 0 33 60 36
GM 11 25 43 40 62
  • Third party rated (NHTSA)

Data notes and analysis:

Beginning with the 2011 model year the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) significantly changed its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and added a new metric, the Overall Vehicle Score (OVS), a calculation based on data from frontal crash, side crash, and rollover evaluations. We are simplifying our metrics and reporting NHTSA’s OVS. For detailed information on the NCAP system, see www.safercar.gov, and in particular www.safercar.gov/staticfiles/toolkit/pdfs/faq.pdf (pdf, 212kb).

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C. Percent of Nameplates Achieving IIHS Top Safety Pick by Manufacturer

Due to continually changing Public Domain environment, the data previously provided highlighting IIHS ratings will no longer be included in this report. As these test programs and their related rating schemes continue to evolve, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to accurately compare current production vehicles to the previous model year within the IIHS test program. For detailed information on the IIHS’s testing procedures, see http://www.iihs.org/ratings/.

D. Euro NCAP (2014 Ratings)

Overall percentage

Select years

  Industry Low Industry High Industry Average Ford results
Small MPV (Ford Tourneo Courier) 57 79 69 77
Large Family Car (Ford Mondeo) 78 83 81 78

Data notes and analysis:

Euro NCAP combines all assessed criteria into an overall “fulfillment percentage,” ranging from 0 percent to 100 percent (overall threshold). Star ratings are dependent on the fulfillment percentage or the star level threshold of each individual assessment box (adult, child, pedestrian and safety assist). The worst-case threshold determines the overall rating. In 2014 the following thresholds were required for a five-star rating: Adult 80 percent, child 75 percent, pedestrian 60 percent, safety assist 65 percent and overall 75 percent. In addition to the star ratings, seven Ford vehicles have received the “Euro NCAP Advanced Award” for new technologies so far. For more information, visit www.euroncap.com.

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E. U.S. Safety Recalls

Select years

  2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Number of safety recalls 8 7 13 24 16 40
Number of units 4,522,000 551,000 3,339,000 1,399,000 1,188,000 4,866,770
  • Reported to regulatory authorities (NHTSA)

Data notes and analysis:

The increase in safety recalls from 2013 to 2014 was due in part to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) expanding its definition of safety defects, which has led to the highest number of safety recalls in the U.S. across all auto manufacturers.

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