There are two groups that test vehicles for safety in the U.S. The National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration, NHTSA, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, IIHS. The results of the NHTSA tests are found at the Safercar website. The testing procedures were made more rigorous in 2011 as explained by Edmunds.com, “NHTSA Revises Five-Star Safety Ratings.” Ratings for vehicle model years before 2011 cannot be compared with 2011 and later because the testing procedures changed. The NHTSA has finished testing the Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi. The Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi have not been tested by IIHS. The overall NHTSA rating is four stars out of five, frontal crash is four stars, side crash is five stars and rollover is four stars for both the Hybrid and Energi models. If you’re interested in watching Ford C-Max vehicles destroyed, there are videos on YouTube for the Hybrid of the pole crash, frontal crash and side crash tests and for the Energi pole crash, frontal crash and side crash tests.
The response to an emergency for the Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi are different from most vehicles because of the high voltages used for these hybrids as explained in, “Emergency Response for The Ford C-Max.” Ford has published an emergency response guide for the C-Max Hybrid and Energi. It may be useful for C-Max owners to read the guide and/or keep a copy in the C-Max.
This article was first published January 18, 2013 with the Hybrid crash testing. It was updated March 29, 2013 after testing for the Energi model was completed.