The 2015 Ford F-150 has been given top marks for occupant safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), earning five out of five stars in every test, with every available body style (Regular Cab, SuperCab, and SuperCrew Cab). Chances are that when the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ran their own crash tests on the light duty, full-size pickup in its popular SuperCrew Cab configuration, they found something similar.
Alas, we won’t know until July, because as Autoblog reports, the IIHS has decided to withhold the results of its independent testing until it procures results for the SuperCab body style, as well.
Why the fuss? According to Autoblog, website Automotive News found additional steel bracing on the SuperCrew Cab 2015 Ford F-150, welded around the front wheels. While IIHS was fully prepared to release their crash test findings for the truck, they decided to hold off in order to be certain that the SuperCab version of the 2015 Ford F-150 didn’t suffer substantially from the absence of this added reinforcement.
But IIHS crash lab boss Joe Nolan has his doubts that the SuperCrew Cab’s extra steel reinforcement is much of a loss on the other models, for reasons other than the NHTSA’s results. Nolan told Automotive News that were the 2015 Ford F-150 simply trying to cheat on its crash safety tests, the automaker might just as well have only put the extra brace on the driver’s side – where the small-overlap test is conducted.