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2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

Midsize SUV
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    A
1
Side airbags: front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard) and front and second row head curtain airbags (standard in 2007-10 Mountaineer and 2008-10 Explorer and Sport Trac models, optional in earlier models)
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags, if equipped, in the event of an impending rollover
3
Electronic stability control; includes roll stability control to minimize the possibility of rollover
4
Antilock brakes
5
Daytime running lights (optional on vehicles sold to fleets)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2010
G
A
2009
G
A
2008
G
P
2007
G
P

Applies to 2007-10 models

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

The 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac is a twin of the tested vehicle.

The Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer were re-engineered for the 2006 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Ford as part of frontal crash test verification.

The frontal offset crash test ratings also apply to the Explorer Sport Trac, which was redesigned for the 2007 model year (no 2006 model Sport Trac was available). The Sport Trac is very similar to the Explorer, except that it has a longer wheelbase and an open cargo bed behind the occupant compartment in place of the Explorer's enclosed cargo area with optional third row seat.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head accelerations from the roof rail and B-pillar hits were low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

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

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4wd
Weight 4,716 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase114 in.
Length193 in.
Width74 in.
Engine4.0 L V6
EPA ratings15 mpg city / 20 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF0602
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)9
Left (cm)9
Center (cm)9
Right (cm)8
Brake pedal (cm)6
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)4
Right (cm)3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)4
Rearward (cm)4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)5

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF0602
Head
HIC-15353
Peak gs at hard contact18.000000
Neck
Tension (kN)1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm)8
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm)34
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.2
Femur force - right (kN)0.3
Knee displacement - left (mm)4
Knee displacement - right (mm)1
Maximum tibia index - left0.50
Maximum tibia index - right0.47
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left86
Right82

Applies to 2009-10 models

Overall evaluation
A
Dynamic rating
A
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Head restraints & seats ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual - power cloth seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual - power cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)33
Distance below top of head (mm)13
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)12.0
Head contact time (ms)87
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)0
Max neck tension (N)506

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