(Arlington, VA – Insurance News and arkets) – The 2017 Ford Escape has been given an acceptable rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s challenging small overlap front test. Many attribute the changes to the structural changes introduced in the newest model.
When the 2013 Escape was tested for small overlap protection, the structure didn’t hold up well. Intrusion into the driver’s space reached 10 inches at the upper door hinge pillar. The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off to the left, as the steering column moved right. The side curtain airbag lacked sufficient forward coverage to protect the head. Measures taken from the dummy showed injuries to the left hip would be likely and lower leg injuries would be possible.
In the small overlap test of the new model, maximum intrusion was reduced to 5 inches at the upper door hinge pillar. The side curtain airbag had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head. The dummy’s head hit the frontal airbag, though it began to slide off because the safety belt allowed the dummy to move too far forward. Measures taken from the dummy indicated a low risk of injuries.
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute.