New Broncos Have Some Hills to Overcome

Ford’s new four-door Bronco SUV did not meet the standards to win two safety awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The issues included the Bronco’s head restraints and headlights according to the IIHS.

While the Bronco got “good” ratings in five of the six IIHS “crashworthiness” tests but in the head restraint category it earned only an acceptable rating. In simulated rear-end crashes the test dummy’s head was not as protected from force as it needed to be.

The IIHS also rated the headlight system as only “marginal” as they did not provide enough visibility a far enough distance into curves.

Thus the Bronco missed the mark to earn IIHS Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ designations.

Ford stated that safety is high priority in all their vehicles and that they were happy to see they earned the top rating in five of six crash test ratings at the IIHS and a superior rating for front crash prevention with standard automatic braking. They also reminded consumers and journalists that the despite some lower IIHS ratings the Bronco exceeds all federal safety standards.

For a vehicle to achieve Top Safety Pick status the vehicle needs a “good” rating in all crashworthiness tests. They must also have a “good” or “acceptable” rating for headlights and have an “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention. To earn the Safety Pick+ status the same requirements must be met plus “good” or acceptable ratings for all versions and packages available for the vehicle in question.