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2009 Ford Flex

Midsize SUV
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
1
Side airbags: head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Inflatable seat belts (optional beginning with 2013 models in second row outboard seats)
4
Electronic stability control; includes roll stability control to minimize the possibility of rollover
5
Antilock brakes
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
G
G
G
G
2013
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
G
2010
G
G
G
G
2009
G
G
G

Applies to 2009-14 models

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

The Ford Flex was introduced in the 2009 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Ford as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2009 Ford Flex Limited 4wd
Weight 4,773 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase118 in.
Length202 in.
Width80 in.
Engine3.5 L V6
EPA ratings16 mpg city / 22 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF0811
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)7
Left (cm)10
Center (cm)13
Right (cm)11
Brake pedal (cm)9
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)6
Right (cm)5
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)1
Rearward (cm)-1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)3

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF0811
Head
HIC-15102
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm)11
Maximum Nij 0.34
Chest maximum compression (mm)36
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)2.1
Femur force - right (kN)1.1
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.31
Maximum tibia index - right0.82
Tibia axial force - left (kN)0.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left59
Right146

Applies to 2009-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
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 Flex was introduced in the 2009 model year.

Injury measures

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

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 vehicle2009 Ford Flex SEL 4wd
Weight 4,766 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase118 in.
Length202 in.
Width80 in.
Engine3.5 L V6
EPA ratings16 mpg city / 22 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0833
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.
-12.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0833
Head HIC-1599
Neck
Tension (kN)0.7
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)28
Lateral force (kN)1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)30
Average deflection (mm)25
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.53
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.35
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.3
Acetabulum force (kN)2.6
Combined force (kN)3.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.5
L-M moment (Nm)74
A-P moment (Nm) 38

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0833
Head HIC-1559
Neck
Tension (kN)0.1
Compression (kN)0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)26
Lateral force (kN)1.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)26
Average deflection (mm)17
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.22
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.23
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.3
Acetabulum force (kN)3.1
Combined force (kN)3.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.7
L-M moment (Nm)61
A-P moment (Nm) 19

Applies to 2009-12 models

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

Seat type

Power leather seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typePower leather seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)18
Distance below top of head (mm)8
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)10.7
Head contact time (ms)54
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)0
Max neck tension (N)324

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