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2021 Ford F-150 Gets IIHS Top Safety Pick Award For Optional LED Lights

In recent months, a number of Ford and Lincoln models have earned safety awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including the Ford Explorer and the Ford Bronco Sport, which were awarded Top Safety Pick+ honors, while the Ford EscapeFord EdgeLincoln Corsair, Lincoln Aviator, and Ford Mustang Mach-E earned the Top Safety Pick distinction. Lincoln Nautilus models equipped with full LED multi projector headlamps also scored a Top Safety Pick award recently, and now, the 2021 Ford F-150 has joined those ranks as well.

2021 Ford F-150 models equipped with either the automaker’s adaptive LED projector headlights or LED reflector headlights that were built after June of 2021 have earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick award, joining the Ram 1500 as the only two full-size pickups to do so for the 2021 model year. The F-150’s standard LED headlights are available on XLT trimmed trucks and standard on Lariat pickups.

F-150 models built prior to June 2021 did not receive this award as all of the available headlights on those models earned poor ratings from IIHS. The base halogen lights still retain a poor rating on the newer models, however. Otherwise, the 2021 F-150 received glowing grades across the board for its many other safety features.

This includes the F-150’s standard and optional front crash prevention systems, which were awarded superior ratings, as well as the Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0 system, which earned a superior rating, and the optional Ford Co-Pilot 360 Assist 2.0, which was granted an advanced rating from IIHS. To qualify for a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ award, vehicles must earn good ratings in all six crashworthiness evaluations and be available with a front crash prevention system that earns advanced or superior ratings in vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations.

We’ll have more on the 2021 F-150 soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series news, Ford F-150 news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. JimL

    The halogen lights on my 2020 F-150 XLT should be deemed a risk factor. They are so dim, I don’t know how those were approved for production.
    Lesson learned: Test drive at night, too.


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