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2008 Ford Explorer

Midsize SUV
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    A
  • Head restraints & seats
    P
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 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
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 2006-10 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 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 2008-10 models

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
M
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
M
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer were re-engineered for the 2006 model year. All 2006-10 models have standard side torso airbags; beginning with 2007 Mountaineer and 2008 Explorer models, head curtain airbags were also made standard.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that a fracture of the pelvis would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4wd
Weight 4,775 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front seat-mounted torso airbags and optional front and rear head curtain 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 occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0723
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-4.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0723
Head HIC-15169
Neck
Tension (kN)1.5
Compression (kN)0.6
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)36
Lateral force (kN)1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)29
Average deflection (mm)26
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)6.03
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.72
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)3.7
Acetabulum force (kN)3.4
Combined force (kN)6.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.5
L-M moment (Nm)182
A-P moment (Nm) -45

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0723
Head HIC-15110
Neck
Tension (kN)0.1
Compression (kN)0.6
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)39
Lateral force (kN)1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)34
Average deflection (mm)30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.14
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.59
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.4
Acetabulum force (kN)2.9
Combined force (kN)3.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)155
A-P moment (Nm) 47

Applies to 2006-08 models

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

Seat type

All seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeAll seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)68
Distance below top of head (mm)68
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)9.9
Head contact time (ms)101
Force ratingHigh
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)210
Max neck tension (N)801

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