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2006 Ford Freestar

Minivan
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side without optional side airbags
    P
  • Side with optional side airbags
    A
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
1
Side airbags: head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats with front seat-mounted torso airbags (optional)
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags, if equipped, in the event of an impending rollover
3
Electronic stability control (optional)
4
Antilock brakes
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2007
G
A
P
G
2006
G
A
P
G
2005
G
G
2004
G
G

Applies to 2004-07 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
A
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 Freestar was introduced in the 2004 model year as a replacement for the Ford Windstar. The Mercury Monterey was introduced in the same year and discontinued after the 2006 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the neck, chest, and both legs indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag, indicating that head injuries 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.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2004 Ford Freestar S
Weight 4,251 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase121 in.
Length201 in.
Width77 in.
Engine3.9 L V6
EPA ratings17 mpg city / 23 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0327
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)12
Left (cm)12
Center (cm)11
Right (cm)11
Brake pedal (cm)10
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)5
Right (cm)3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)9
Rearward (cm)1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)2

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0327
Head
HIC-15340
Peak gs at hard contact86.000000
Neck
Tension (kN)1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm)19
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm)27
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)2.0
Femur force - right (kN)1.4
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)1
Maximum tibia index - left0.49
Maximum tibia index - right0.31
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left74
Right61

Applies to 2006-07 models

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

The Ford Freestar was introduced in the 2004 model year as a replacement for the Windstar. The similar Mercury Monterey was introduced in 2004 as well and discontinued after the 2006 model year. Beginning with 2006 models, design changes were made to the door trim panels and the side airbags to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes, and the side airbags were made standard in all Monterey models.

Two tests of a 2006 Freestar were conducted, one with optional side airbags for the driver and rear passenger, and one without. These vehicles are rated separately, except that the structural ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be likely in a crash of this severity. Serious neck injuries would also be possible.

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

Head protection

Driver — The intruding barrier came close to the dummy's head in this test. Although the barrier did not hit the head, this near miss indicates that only slightly different crash circumstances could produce a direct hit to a person's head.

Passenger — The dummy's head was hit by the window frame of the rear passenger door. This impact did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection is inadequate.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2006 Ford Freestar SE
Weight 4,259 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase121 in.
Length201 in.
Width76 in.
Engine3.9 L V6
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0523CES0524
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.
2.52.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0524
Head HIC-15612
Neck
Tension (kN)2.9
Compression (kN)0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)48
Lateral force (kN)2.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)52
Average deflection (mm)46
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)5.80
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)1.54
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.9
Acetabulum force (kN)3.1
Combined force (kN)4.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.3
L-M moment (Nm)137
A-P moment (Nm) -46

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0524
Head HIC-1567
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Compression (kN)0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)32
Lateral force (kN)1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)33
Average deflection (mm)23
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.39
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.56
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.7
Acetabulum force (kN)2.8
Combined force (kN)4.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)50
A-P moment (Nm) -42

Applies to 2006-07 models

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
P
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
A
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 Freestar was introduced in the 2004 model year as a replacement for the Windstar. The Mercury Monterey was introduced in 2004 as well and discontinued after the 2006 model year. Beginning with 2006 Freestar and Monterey models, design changes were made to the door trim panels and the side airbags to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes, and the side airbags were made standard in all Monterey models.

Two tests of a 2006 Freestar were conducted, one with optional side airbags for the driver and rear passenger, and one without. These vehicles are rated separately, except that the structural ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that serious neck injuries 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 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 vehicle2006 Ford Freestar SE
Weight 4,328 lbs.
Side airbagsoptional head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and optional front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase121 in.
Length201 in.
Width76 in.
Engine3.9 L V6
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0523CES0524
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.
2.52.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0523
Head HIC-15438
Neck
Tension (kN)2.4
Compression (kN)0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)35
Lateral force (kN)0.9
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)41
Average deflection (mm)31
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)6.09
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.99
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.0
Acetabulum force (kN)3.4
Combined force (kN)5.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.6
L-M moment (Nm)167
A-P moment (Nm) -43

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0523
Head HIC-15112
Neck
Tension (kN)0.1
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)35
Lateral force (kN)1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)34
Average deflection (mm)22
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.71
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.48
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.5
Acetabulum force (kN)2.1
Combined force (kN)3.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)30
A-P moment (Nm) -42

Applies to 2004-07 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

Seats with fixed head restraints

How this test is conducted

Seat typeSeats with fixed head restraints
Geometry
Backset (mm)70
Distance below top of head (mm)20
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)9.2
Head contact time (ms)100
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)46
Max neck tension (N)543

Applies to 2004-07 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

Seats with adjustable head restraints

How this test is conducted

Seat typeSeats with adjustable head restraints
Geometry
Backset (mm)52
Distance below top of head (mm)45
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)9.0
Head contact time (ms)108
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)98
Max neck tension (N)515

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