While most of the vehicles on the list of best selling cars in 2017 got the IIHS Top Safety Pick award, it’s a good idea to check crash-test ratings before buying a new car—especially when the ride heights and extra space in all of those new crossovers and SUVs are particularly alluring.
Update 12:02 p.m. Ford sent Jalopnik a statement on the test, saying safety “continues to be one of the highest priorities in the design of [its] vehicles.”
“We are committed to designing and building vehicles that meet or exceed applicable laws and regulations across the globe, incorporating updates and new features into our lineup wherever possible,” the statement said. “The Escape has earned the highest 5-star overall NCAP ratings in the U.S., Europe, China and Australia and a “good” rating in all other IIHS crash test modes. We expect the new 2020 model also will perform well on this test.”
The statement also responded to IIHS’ claims on the Escape’s side airbags, and said “the design of the Safety Canopy is to inflate in certain side impact crashes and when a certain likelihood of rollover is detected by the rollover sensor.”
“Side airbags and Safety Canopy airbags may activate in other types of crashes if the vehicle experiences sufficient sideways motion or deformation,” the statement said. “The fact that the Safety Canopy did not activate in this crash test does not mean that something is wrong with the system. Rather, it means the accident conditions were not appropriate to activate this safety device.”