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Vehicle Safety Performance

Ford continues to receive high marks and accolades for vehicle safety in a number of the industry’s key public and private crash-testing programs.

We conduct engineering analyses, computer simulations, and component, sub-system and full-vehicle crash tests to evaluate the performance of our vehicles and components at a number of sites in the United States and Europe:

Crash-Test Facilities


Observe and evaluate the performance of our vehicles’ and systems’ crash testing.


  • Dearborn, Michigan
  • Merkenich, Germany
  • Dunton, U.K.

Motion-Based Driving Simulator VIRTTEX (Virtual Test Track Experiment)


Research human behavior with advanced driver assist features, human-machine interfaces, and factors such as drowsy or distracted driving.


  • Dearborn, Michigan

Research and Innovation Centers


Explore and develop new and advanced technologies in the areas of passive safety, driver assistance, connectivity, mobility and autonomous vehicles.


  • Dearborn, Michigan
  • Palo Alto, California
  • Aachen, Germany

Global Safety Ratings

Public Domain programs for rating vehicle safety performance vary around the world. They are performed by a range of consumer advocacy groups, organizations such as New Car Assessment Programs (NCAPs), auto clubs, motoring magazines and insurance-sponsored organizations. Each has its own testing protocols and/or evaluation criteria.

Because of the different assessment schemes and the fact that NCAPs around the world are continually being updated, it is increasingly difficult to consistently achieve the highest ratings across all regions. This is a dilemma for global automotive companies like Ford because a particular star rating in one region’s NCAP does not necessarily mean that the vehicle will have the same rating if tested in a different NCAP.

Follow the links below for our latest ratings data:

Global Safety Public Domain Organizations

GlobalGlobal NCAP
North AmericaIIHS
North AmericaU.S. NCAP (NHTSA)
Latin and South AmericaLatin NCAP
EuropeEuro NCAP
RussiaARCAP (website not available in English)
ChinaCNACP (website not available in English)
South East AsiaASEAN NCAP
Australia and New ZealandANCAP
IndiaBNVSAP (program still under development)

Our Vehicle Safety Highlights

  • For 2018 model year (as at June 2018), 10 Ford and four Lincoln nameplates have been rated with 5-Star Overall Vehicle Scores
  • The all-new Ford Fiesta has been awarded a 5-star safety rating by Euro NCAP, meaning that 11 Ford models now have valid 5-star ratings
  • Through 2017, Ford received seven Euro NCAP Advanced Awards for innovative technologies, more than any other original equipment manufacturer (OEM)
  • Through 2017, Ford received five Best in Class awards from Euro NCAP
  • Currently, Ford has the most (11) valid Euro NCAP 5-star ratings of all brands
  • As of June 2018, four Ford and one Lincoln nameplates have achieved a 5-star overall rating

We are also working on vehicles that communicate with each other and with the world around them, and share findings with colleagues who are working toward our vision of an integrated transportation ecosystem.