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1998 Ford Escort

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  • Moderate overlap front
    A
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Built-in child restraints (optional, 1997 models only)
2
Antilock brakes (optional)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2002
A
2001
A
2000
A
1999
A
1998
A
1997
A

Applies to 1997-2002 models

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
A
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
P
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Ford Escort and Mercury Tracer were redesigned for the 1997 model year. Note: 2001-02 model Escort sedans were sold when new only to fleets, and the Tracer was discontinued after the 1999 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, chest, and right leg indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be likely. Head acceleration from the B-pillar hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the B-pillar.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1997 Ford Escort LX 4-door
Weight 2,538 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase98 in.
Length174 in.
Width66 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings26 mpg city / 34 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF97016
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)22
Left (cm)26
Center (cm)26
Right (cm)18
Brake pedal (cm)16
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)8
Right (cm)4
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)2
Rearward (cm)-2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)6

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF97016
Head
HIC-15457
Peak gs at hard contact58
Neck
Tension (kN)1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm)19
Maximum Nij 0.28
Chest maximum compression (mm)42
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)3.2
Femur force - right (kN)3.5
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.31
Maximum tibia index - right1.42
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN)5.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left54
Right101

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