The Safest Truck in America: The Ford-150 Pickup?

Posted: Jan 08, 2009 10:33 a.m.

Ford says its new 2009 F-150 is the safest truck you can buy. New testing data may back up the claim.

The Detroit News reports, "The redesigned 2009 Ford F-150 pickup received top safety ratings from the government and a leading outside group, the automaker said Wednesday. The pickup earned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's top 5-star crash-test ratings and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's ‘Top Safety Pick' award." Ford's new full-size is "the first truck to feature side-impact air bags."

Autoblog comments, "Vehicle safety is still largely a question of the loose nut behind the wheel, but the F-150 does come with a raft of safety gear. Acronyms and names abound, from RSC (Roll Stability Control), to K-bags and Safety Canopy curtain airbags."

But Edmunds Inside Line points out that the truck's scores weren't all perfect. "The truck earned four stars in rollover testing on the two-wheel-drive model and just three stars in rollover tests on the four-wheel-drive model, according to Safecar.gov. In comparison, the 2008 Ford F-150 earned four stars in the four-wheel-drive rollover test."

The truck certainly has big shoes to fill - it replaces the 2008 model that was America's best selling vehicle last year. Just as its predecessors had been - for 27 consecutive years.

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