Ford Ka failed the Latin American crash test [Video]
The local organization advised drivers to avoid buying cars with such a low safety class.
Organization Latin NCAP, which conducts independent crash tests for cars in Latin America, published the results of the Ford Ka tests. The small sedan has earned zero out of five stars.
Experts rated the protection of adult passengers at 34%, and children - at 9%. At the same time, the American sedan received 50% of the maximum possible number of points for pedestrian protection. Latin NCAP rated the performance of electronic security systems at only 7%. The standard equipment of the Ford Ka includes two front airbags.
"Potential customers should refuse to buy cars with such a low protection class in the standard configuration for Latin America. At the same time, automakers sell the same cars with richer equipment in other countries," said Alejandro Furas, General Secretary of Latin NCAP.
In turn, Ford has already promised to make the Ford Ka safer. The Americans are going to equip the sedan with side airbags and an ESC stabilization system.
The Ford Ka is not the only car that has not received a single Latin NCAP score in recent years. Similar results were shown, for example, Kia Picanto, Chery Tiggo 3 (with two airbags), Hyundai Accent (without airbags), and Mitsubishi L200 (without airbags).