Euro NCAP has released results of the first cars to be tested against its 2017 test regime, and one of these, the Ford Mustang, has scored a low two-star rating for overall safety. The safety organisation cites concerns about the sixth-gen S550s crash protection of adult and child occupants as well as a worrying lack of safety equipment commonly available on the European market.

It adds that the results reveal the American “DNA” of the Mustang that is designed to score well in less wide-ranging US consumer tests. The European variant has seen only minor updates required to meet the continent’s pedestrian safety regulation, and the Forward Collision Warning system was removed when the car was introduced in Europe.

In the frontal offset test, the airbags of both the driver and passenger inflated insufficiently to properly restrain the occupants. Meanwhile, in the full-width frontal test, a lack of rear seatbelt pre-tensioners and load-limiters meant that the rear passenger slid under the seatbelt, implying higher risk at abdominal injuries in real life accidents.

Elsewhere, in the side impact crash, the head of the 10-year-old dummy contacted the interior trim, bottoming out the curtain airbag. All these are of concern, Euro NCAP’s secretary-general Michiel van Ratingen said, and he had a strong opinion on the matter.

“Ford did not expect Euro NCAP to test the Mustang and chose not to fit safety technology in Europe which is available to its American consumers, and available on several other sports cars for that matter. Such an attitude to safety should trouble Ford’s customers, whether they are buying a high-powered muscle car or a regular family car,” he stated.

Ford says that the facelifted Mustang will be available later this year with Pre-Collision Assist and Lane Keep Assist as standard. The agency expects to test the safety of the updated model when it is available on the European market.