DEARBORN, MI – Ford announced its 2011 F-150 SuperCrew received a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

According to the IIHS, the F-150's roof withstood a force equal to 4.7 times the vehicle's weight. Vehicles with a strength-to-weight ratio of 4 or higher earn a good rating. The good rating and Top Safety Pick designation for the F-150 apply to pickups manufactured after February 2011 because Ford made changes to the roof structure to better protect occupants in rollover crashes, IIHS stated. The vehicle also received top ratings in front, side, and rear evaluations. Another safety feature the IIHS noted was electronic stability control, which is standard on the 2011 F-150.

Ford said it now has 11 vehicles on the road in the U.S. that have earned Top Safety Picks.

“Safety ratings are important markers customers can use to evaluate vehicles, so we are proud Ford has the most top U.S. safety ratings of any automaker ever,” said Sue Cischke, Ford group vice president of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering. “The F-150’s innovative safety technologies and this new Top Safety Pick award further demonstrate Ford’s commitment to safety.”

New safety features for the 2011 Ford F-150 include a seat-integrated shoulder belt for the front middle seat and a head restraint for the second-row middle seat. The F-150’s standard safety features include an advanced safety structure with high-strength steel and six standard airbags.

Other Ford Motor Company vehicles that have earned a Top Safety Pick rating include:

  • 2011 Ford Edge (built after February 2011)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer
  • 2011 Ford Taurus
  • 2011 Ford Fusion
  • 2011 Ford Fiesta (built after July 2010)
  • 2011 Ford Flex
  • 2011 Lincoln MKS
  • 2011 Lincoln MKT
  • 2011 Lincoln MKX (built after February 2011)
  • 2011 Lincoln MKZ

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet