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2012 Ford Focus

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2012 Ford Focus 4-door sedan
2012 Ford Focus 4-door sedan
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
    A
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2017
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2016
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2015
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2014
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
P
A
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
P
A
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
P
M
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
P
M
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
P
M
Crash avoidance rating
2002
G
P
M
Crash avoidance rating
2001
G
P
M
Crash avoidance rating
2000
G
P
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2012-17 models

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
M
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
A
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Ford Focus was redesigned for the 2012 model year. The small overlap frontal ratings also apply to the 4-door hatchback version of the Focus, also redesigned for the 2012 model year.

Structure

The driver space was not maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 16 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Upper interior intrusion measured as much as 18 cm at the upper hinge pillar. The steering column was pushed back 7 cm toward the driver.

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

The dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but slid off the left side, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward side structure. The side curtain airbag deployed but does not have sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2013 Ford Focus SE 4-door
Weight 2,966 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 104 in.
Length 179 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 27 mpg city / 38 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1314
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 16
Footrest (cm) 8
Left toepan (cm) 8
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 0
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 7
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 18
Upper dash (cm) 14
Lower instrument panel (cm) 11

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1314
Head
HIC-15 133
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 4
Maximum Nij 0.28
Chest maximum compression (mm) 19
Femur (kN)
Left 3.6
Right 2.3
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 9
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 1
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.58
Right 0.42
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.6
Right 3.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 52
Right 100

Applies to 2012-17 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.

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

The Ford Focus 4-door hatchback was redesigned for the 2012 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Ford as part of frontal crash test verification. The moderate overlap frontal ratings also apply to the 4-door sedan version of the Focus, also redesigned for 2012.

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. The driver side curtain airbag deployed during the crash.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2012 Ford Focus Titanium 4-door
Weight 3,009 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 104 in.
Length 172 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 27 mpg city / 37 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1020
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 4
Left (cm) 7
Center (cm) 6
Right (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 0
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 2
Rearward (cm) 5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1020
Head
HIC-15 271
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 9
Maximum Nij 0.20
Chest maximum compression (mm) 26
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.3
Femur force - right (kN) 0.1
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.38
Maximum tibia index - right 0.83
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 71
Right 84

Applies to 2012-17 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 Focus 4-door was redesigned for the 2012 model year. The side ratings also apply to the 4-door hatchback version of the Focus, also redesigned for the 2012 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 vehicle 2012 Ford Focus SE 4-door
Weight 2,978 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 104 in.
Length 179 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 28 mpg city / 40 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES1111
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.
-13.0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES1111
Head HIC-15 257
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 34
Lateral force (kN) 2.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 26
Average deflection (mm) 23
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.58
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.26
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.1
Combined force (kN) 2.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.7
L-M moment (Nm) 69
A-P moment (Nm) 19

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES1111
Head HIC-15 222
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.1
Compression (kN) 1.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 29
Lateral force (kN) 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 33
Average deflection (mm) 22
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.94
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.40
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.9
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.9
Combined force (kN) 4.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 72
A-P moment (Nm) 18

Applies to 2012-17 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 2,985 lbs
Peak force 16,059 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.38
Tested vehicle
Rating also applies to the 4-door hatchback (5-door) version.
2012 Ford Focus SE 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2012 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 seat

How this test is conducted

Seat type Manual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 19
Distance below top of head (mm) 0
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 12.3
Head contact time (ms) 54
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 453
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover (beginning with 2015 models)
3
Driver knee airbag: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes (beginning with 2013 models)
4
Electronic stability control
5
Antilock brakes

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