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2000 Ford Explorer

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  • Moderate overlap front
    A
1996 Ford Explorer shown
1996 Ford Explorer shown
1
Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags (optional, beginning with 1999 models).
2
Built-in child restraints (optional in 1995-98 Explorer models and 1997-98 Mountaineer models)
3
Antilock brakes
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
M
G
G
G
G
2013
M
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
G
2010
G
A
A
2009
G
A
A
2008
G
A
P
2007
G
A
P
2006
G
A
P
2005
G
P
2004
G
P
2003
G
2002
G
2001
A
2000
A
1999
A
1998
A
1997
A
1996
A
1995
A

Applies to 1995-2001 models

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

The Ford Explorer was redesigned for the 1995 model year and the Mercury Mountaineer was introduced in 1997.

Injury measures

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

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. During the crash, the driver door opened. This opening significantly affected dummy movement during the test and shouldn't happen because, in some crashes, it could allow partial or complete occupant ejection. After the dummy moved suddenly toward the door, its head went outside the occupant compartment. Its neck tilted back excessively when the shoulder belt tightened across the base of the dummy's neck. As the dummy came back into the occupant compartment, its head hit the B-pillar.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4wd
Weight 4,255 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase112 in.
Length189 in.
Width70 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 IDCF95030
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)16
Left (cm)22
Center (cm)20
Right (cm)18
Brake pedal (cm)8
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)10
Right (cm)9
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)5
Rearward (cm)-6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)8

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF95030
Head
HIC-15242
Peak gs at hard contact65
Neck
Tension (kN)1.5
Extension bending moment (Nm)55
Maximum Nij 0.42
Chest maximum compression (mm)29
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)3.7
Femur force - right (kN)4.9
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.56
Maximum tibia index - right0.57
Tibia axial force - left (kN)3.0
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left69
Right71

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