Last Night A Ranger Saved My Life
Ford illustrates the ugly side of social media-based advertising: exploiting and promoting baseless prejudices by reprinting ignorant opinions. Like this misguided and misleading “thank you” posted at Thefordstory.com.
I am here today because 5 years ago, I was driving my 1993 Ford Ranger XL. Thats a midsize truck, but not midsize in saving my life. I have not ever written about this before, but I thought Ford (and all its engineers) would benefit in knowing that they have been instrumental in saving my life. The reason I can say this with certainty, is because of the nature of my car crash. I ask you, if you were broadsided at 60+ ( I was on a highway in Ca) and all that saved you was your vehicles chasis..if you were driving say, a Honda..would you be here reading this?? Maybe, but not likely. All that happened to me was, I had a heck of a bent truck frame (rear suspension) and a minor seat belt bruise! I almost tipped the truck over on its side, I was hit that hard..but luckily, she righted herself in time! (I know its silly, but you got to name your trucks) This was my first Ford, and god willing not my last. I may have lost traction, due to the road being wet..but I tell you I would not be soo lucky driving anything other than a Ford. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. I just thought it would be nice to tell someone. Thanks..I could never be more grateful for your company, God bless you.
[Note: the Ranger pictured above is not the one from the wreck]
Most of you are missing the fundamental math difference between Canada and the US. The original quote says the survivor's Ranger was broadsided at "60+". 60 what, I ask you? The survivor is Canadian, so naturally I would assume that this is "60+ KPH", not MPH. So what is that...something like 37.2 MPH? Still fast, but not 60 MPH. There's a lot of difference between being broadsided at 40 and at 60. MPH, that is...
Combining the above posts by ZoomZoom and 210delray, this becomes unremarkable. My wife survived a "t-bone' side impact ~30 MPH to the passenger side of the bed in a '93 Toyota truck with no injuries at all, and the truck (eight years old at the time) wasn't even totaled. (The spare tire was launched about 75 feet down the road, though.) It was certainly scary, though. Regardless, there's nothing inherently "safe" about that truck -- no airbags, no ABS, terrible rain traction, lousy brakes. In fact, reading between the lines of the original post suggests the truck got into the accident in the first place because of wet road conditions that something with some weight over the drive wheels wouldn't have had a problem with.
Id just like to add my little nickle in to say... Since when was a RANGER ever midsized? Its been compact for as far as I can remember. And remember.. its lineage can be traced through Explorer.. right back to '86.