Applies to 2007 models built before February 2007
|Structure and safety cage|
|Driver injury measures|
|Rear passenger injury measures|
|Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.
The Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan were introduced in the 2006 model year. Beginning with 2007 models, design changes were made to the side curtain airbags and door structure and trim to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. Also, side airbags became standard beginning with 2007 models (optional in 2006 models).
Further modifications were made to the front door trim starting with 2007 models manufactured after January 2007 (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).
Two tests of the Fusion were conducted, one manufactured before the January 2007 front door trim changes were made, and one manufactured afterward. These vehicles are rated separately, except that the structural ratings and rear passenger injury and head protection ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.
Note: the car tested first was one of the last 2006 models built and incorporates the design changes included in early 2007 models.
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 a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.
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||2006 Ford Fusion SEL 4-door|
|Weight|| 3,470 lbs.|
|Side airbags||optional front and rear head curtain airbags and optional front seat-mounted torso airbags |
|Engine||3.0 L V6|
|EPA ratings||21 mpg city / 29 mpg highway|
How this test is conducted
Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side
|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.
Driver injury measures
|Lateral deflection (mm)||36|
|Lateral force (kN)||1.8|
|Maximum deflection (mm)||24|
|Average deflection (mm)||20|
|Maximum deflection rate (m/s)||4.34|
|Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)||0.49|
|Iliac force (kN)||2.9|
|Acetabulum force (kN)||3.9|
|Combined force (kN)||6.3|
Passenger injury measures
|Lateral deflection (mm)||40||43|
|Lateral force (kN)||2.2||1.7|
|Maximum deflection (mm)||34||38|
|Average deflection (mm)||30||32|
|Maximum deflection rate (m/s)||3.46||4.29|
|Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)||0.53||0.61|
|Iliac force (kN)||1.8||2.1|
|Acetabulum force (kN)||3.2||2.9|
|Combined force (kN)||4.5||4.6|