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1997 Ford F-150

Large pickup
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    P

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Model year Small overlap front Moderate overlap front Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention Headlights LATCH ease of use
Driver Passenger
2018
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
P
M
2017
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
P
M
2016
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
P
M
2015
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
2008
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2003
P
Crash avoidance rating
2002
P
Crash avoidance rating
2001
P
Crash avoidance rating
2000
P
Crash avoidance rating
1999
P
Crash avoidance rating
1998
P
Crash avoidance rating
1997
P
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 1997-2003 models

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

The Ford F-150 was redesigned for the 1997 model year. The Heritage nameplate was added in the 2004 model year to distinguish it from the redesigned 2004 Ford F-150.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the chest indicate low risk of injuries to this body region in a crash of this severity. Forces on the head and neck indicate that injuries to the neck would be likely and injuries to the head would be possible. Forces on both tibias indicate that injuries to the lower legs would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. The airbag deployed too late, and there was too much rearward and far too much upward steering wheel movement, which contributed to the dummy's head bottoming out the airbag and hitting the steering wheel. The driver seat was tilted so far forward that the dummy's head was confined to a narrow space between the steering wheel and head restraint during much of the crash.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2001 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCab 2wd
Weight 4,475 lbs.
Side airbags none
Wheelbase 139 in.
Length 226 in.
Width 79 in.
Engine 4.6 L V8
EPA ratings 16 mpg city / 21 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0110
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 39
Left (cm) 44
Center (cm) 34
Right (cm) 31
Brake pedal (cm) 46
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 20
Right (cm) 18
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 29
Rearward (cm) 11
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 26

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0110
Head
HIC-15 711
Peak gs at hard contact 134
Neck
Tension (kN) 4.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 45
Maximum Nij 0.80
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 4.3
Femur force - right (kN) 2.2
Knee displacement - left (mm) 4
Knee displacement - right (mm) 3
Maximum tibia index - left 0.71
Maximum tibia index - right 1.17
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 5.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 136
Right 84

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