CAS has received numerous complaints from consumers on passive seatbelts, fires, transmission failures, tie rod breakage, premature tire wear, stalling and costly engine damage. Premature cracks in gaskets on Escorts cause expensive engine repairs and oil leaks. Ford was forced to recall 7,, vehicles, including Escorts, due to an internal short circuit in the ignition switch. Because Ford concealed significant information from NHTSA, the agency mistakenly closed its investigation into other models. A common and expensive defect is peeling paint on models.
More stars mean safer cars. Learn about crash test ratings. Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph. The Side Barrier test simulates an intersection collision between a standing vehicle and moving barrier at
This page is for personal, non-commercial use. NHTSA rates crash-tested vehicles by assigning them one to five stars, with five stars indicating the most injury protection and one star indicating the least protection. We get it.