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2009 Ford Focus 4-door sedan

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  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    A
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
2008 Ford Focus 4-door sedan shown
2008 Ford Focus 4-door sedan shown
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Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control (standard beginning with 2010 models, optional on 2009 models)
3
Antilock brakes (standard beginning with 2010 models, optional on 2008-09 models)
4
Daytime running lights (optional on fleet vehicles only)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
A
G
G
G
G
2013
A
G
G
G
G
2012
A
G
G
G
G
2011
G
A
G
2010
G
A
G
2009
G
A
G
2008
G
A
G
2007
G
P
A
2006
G
P
A
2005
G
P
M
2004
G
P
M
2003
G
P
M
2002
G
P
M
2001
G
P
M
2000
G
P

Applies to 2008-11 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
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 Focus was restyled for the 2008 model year, and the restraint system (airbags and seat belts) was modified. In addition, side airbags were made standard (they had been optional in earlier models). Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Ford as part of frontal crash test verification. However, because there were no significant front structural upgrades, the structural rating of the current model is based on both Ford's test and the Institute's test of a 2000 model.

Injury measures

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

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain and side thorax airbags deployed during the crash.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2008 Ford Focus SE 4-door
Weight 2,659 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase103 in.
Length175 in.
Width68 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings24 mpg city / 33 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF00025VTF0714
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)1512
Left (cm)2019
Center (cm)1918
Right (cm)1714
Brake pedal (cm)1821
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)33
Right (cm)34
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-1-3
Rearward (cm)20
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)21

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF0714
Head
HIC-15145
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm)9
Maximum Nij 0.30
Chest maximum compression (mm)37
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)2.1
Femur force - right (kN)0.9
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)1
Maximum tibia index - left0.50
Maximum tibia index - right0.39
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.0
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left66
Right65

Applies to 2008-11 models

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

The Ford Focus was restyled for the 2008 model year, and changes were made to the side structure to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. In addition, the side airbag design was changed and they were made standard (they had been optional in earlier models).

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 that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

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 vehicle2008 Ford Focus SE 4-door
Weight 2,696 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase103 in.
Length175 in.
Width68 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings24 mpg city / 33 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0845
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.
-1.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0845
Head HIC-15290
Neck
Tension (kN)1.2
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)48
Lateral force (kN)1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)35
Average deflection (mm)30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)5.63
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.71
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.1
Acetabulum force (kN)3.7
Combined force (kN)5.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.0
L-M moment (Nm)205
A-P moment (Nm) 46

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0845
Head HIC-15524
Neck
Tension (kN)0.9
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)57
Lateral force (kN)2.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)46
Average deflection (mm)37
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.99
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)1.06
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.2
Acetabulum force (kN)2.1
Combined force (kN)2.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.6
L-M moment (Nm)210
A-P moment (Nm) 68

Applies to 2008-11 models

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

Seat type

Manual cloth seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)25
Distance below top of head (mm)36
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)10.1
Head contact time (ms)56
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)40
Max neck tension (N)489

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