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Ford Ranger/Mazda B-series March 3, 2008

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The Ranger still follows a simple, proven design that’s good for pickup buyers who really want to keep it basic and affordable. Unfortunately, side airbags or curtain bags aren’t available, even as an option; neither is stability control. What’s more, the Ranger (and the nearly identical B-Series) gets a low three-star NHTSA rollover rating, (which corresponds to a 20% to 30% risk of rollover in a single-vehicle crash) with one of the highest rollover risk factors (0.3) of any vehicle.

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Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner February 28, 2008

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Ford’s small SUV, the Escape, and its superficially diverse sibling, the Mariner, were given a general assessment of “Poor” (the lowest probable rating) from the IIHS for lacking driver torso- and head-safeguard in the Institutes’ side-impact collide test (exclusive of the optional side airbag package). The federal administration also gives the Mariner one of not many three-star ratings, which matches to somewhat high threat of rollover. And strength control isn’t offered. Waiting for the ’08 would be a great move, as front side airbags, side curtain bags and solidity control will all at last be standard.