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Old 12-11-2003, 04:24   #1 (permalink)
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USA:Ford F-150 scores poorly in tests,Freestar also ranks low in bumper crash results

December 11, 2003

BY DEE-ANN DURBIN
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WASHINGTON -- Ford Motor Co.'s new F-150 pickup did poorly on bumper crash tests performed by the insurance industry, requiring an average of $1,500 in repairs in each of four tests.

In results to be released today, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also gave the 2004 Ford Freestar minivan its second-lowest bumper crash rating. The Freestar required an average of $700 in repairs in each of the four tests.

The front and back of both vehicles were hit in the 5-m.p.h. tests, which simulate low-speed crashes in a parking lot or heavy traffic. The F-150 sustained the most damage -- $2,041 in repairs -- when it backed into a pole. The Freestar sustained the most damage -- $1,239 -- when its front end hit an angled barrier.

Ford stressed Wednesday that the tests aren't related to the safety of either vehicle. The company also said it designs all of its bumpers to perform well in internal tests.

The institute's tests "may not be representative of the type of damage that occurs in real-world situations," Ford spokesman Glenn Ray said.

The institute said predecessors to both vehicles -- the 2001 F-150 and the 1999 Windstar -- did better in previous bumper tests when costs were adjusted to 2003 prices. In 1999, the Windstar got the institute's "acceptable" rating -- one level higher than the Freestar -- and had an average of $523 in damage per test. The F-150 got the institute's worst rating both years, but its repair costs were slightly lower in 2001.

"Ford could have used this opportunity to design better bumpers," said institute chief Adrian Lund. "A bumper should be strong enough to prevent major damage at a fast walking speed."
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Old 12-11-2003, 23:52   #2 (permalink)
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Re: USA:Ford F-150 scores poorly in tests,Freestar also ranks low in bumper crash results

... as if Billy Bob could give a monkeys nuts about this. As long as there's a big vee eight up front and room for a rifle rack in the rear he'll be in heaven.

Seriously the spankers that run these tests need to get a life and a proper job - like laying down in the road to act as low impact speed humps!

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