Ford C-Max Hybrid Earns Top Safey Pick for 2014

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests vehicles to determine how well they protect occupants in a crash.  For 2014, the Ford C-Max Hybrid earned a Top Safety Pick award.  The details of the crash testing for the C-Max Hybrid are available at the IIHS website.  It received the top rating in the “Moderate overlap front”, “Side”, “Roof strength”, and “Head restraints/seats” categories.  It received the second best rating, acceptable, in the Small overlap front category.

Last year, the IIHS introduced a Top Safety Pick Plus award.  To qualify for the Plus award, the vehicle must be a TSP and have a basic, advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.  There were just a few vehicles, one being the 2014 Subaru Forester with optional equipment, that had top ratings in all five test categories and a superior rating for Front Crash Prevention.

The Prius V was not awarded a Top Safety Pick because the “Small overlap front” test   was poor, the worst of the possible ratings.  The Prius Lift-back received a Top Safety Pick Plus award.  An article published by the IIHS on small car testing is available on their website.

Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi Crash Testing

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, “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.

C-Max Energi High Voltage Disconnect

Ford C-Max Energi High Voltage Disconnect

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.


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