2018 Ford Escape fails passenger-side safety test

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A recent test shows that one of the more popular small SUVs on the road may not be totally safe, at least on one side.

The 2018 Ford Escape failed the new passenger-side crash test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's test is designed to see how well front-seat passengers are protected in a violent collision.

It's supposed to mimic the impact of a vehicle with another car or a tree or pole.

The Escape earned a "poor" rating, as the cabin was crushed inward and side airbags didn't work.

The Escape was the only small SUV in a group of seven that failed.

Ford points out the Escape earned high marks in all other government and insurance institute crash tests.