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2004 Ford F-150 Heritage

Large pickup
  • Moderate overlap front
Antilock brakes (standard beginning with 2001 models, optional on 1997-2000 models). Note: rear-wheel antilock brakes standard on 1997-2000 models.
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats

Applies to 2004 models

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

The 2004 Ford F-150 Heritage is a twin of the tested vehicle.

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 vehicle2001 Ford F-150 XLT (2wd SuperCab)
Weight 4,475 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase139 in.
Length226 in.
Width79 in.
Engine4.6 L V8
EPA ratings16 mpg city / 21 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0110
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 IDCEF0110
Peak gs at hard contact134
Tension (kN)4.9
Extension bending moment (Nm)45
Maximum Nij 0.80
Chest maximum compression (mm)28
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 - left0.71
Maximum tibia index - right1.17
Tibia axial force - left (kN)5.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.1
Foot acceleration (g)

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