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2011 Ford Fusion

Midsize moderately priced car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
1
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 2008 models, optional on 2006-07 models)
4
Daytime running lights (optional on vehicles sold to fleets)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
A
G
G
G
G
2013
A
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
G
2010
G
G
G
G
2009
G
G
A
G
2008
G
G
A
M
2007
G
G
A
M
2006
A
P
A
M

Applies to 2007-12 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
A
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 Fusion, Mercury Milan, and Lincoln Zephyr were introduced in the 2006 model year. The Zephyr was renamed the MKZ beginning with 2007 models. All three cars were restyled beginning with the 2010 model year, and the Mercury Milan was discontinued after the 2010 model year.

Beginning with 2007 models manufactured after January 2007, structural reinforcements were added to the floor ahead of the front seats, and the hard plastic "ramp" bolted underneath the carpeting near the base of the accelerator pedal was modified to improve occupant protection in frontal offset crashes. In addition, the standard side airbags were changed so that they would deploy in severe frontal offset crashes. (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.)

The tested car was manufactured after all modifications had been made.

Injury measures

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

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit deployed side curtain airbag and the roof rail above it.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2007 Ford Fusion SE 4-door
Weight 3,384 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase107 in.
Length190 in.
Width72 in.
Engine3.0 L V6
EPA ratings20 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0702
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)7
Left (cm)11
Center (cm)10
Right (cm)11
Brake pedal (cm)6
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)3
Right (cm)2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)2
Rearward (cm)3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0702
Head
HIC-15209
Peak gs at hard contact69
Neck
Tension (kN)1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm)36
Maximum Nij 0.72
Chest maximum compression (mm)36
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.1
Femur force - right (kN)4.8
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)3
Maximum tibia index - left0.47
Maximum tibia index - right0.96
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left139
Right158

Applies to 2007-12 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
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 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). Both cars were restyled beginning with the 2010 model year.

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.

The Mercury Milan was discontinued after the 2010 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 vehicle2007 Ford Fusion SE 4-door
Weight 3,389 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase107 in.
Length190 in.
Width72 in.
Engine3.0 L V6
EPA ratings20 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0632CES0701
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.
-8.0-8.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0701
Head HIC-15136
Neck
Tension (kN)1.3
Compression (kN)0.7
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)40
Lateral force (kN)2.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)26
Average deflection (mm)21
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.03
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.39
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.9
Acetabulum force (kN)3.4
Combined force (kN)4.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.3
L-M moment (Nm)41
A-P moment (Nm) 19

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0632CES0701
Head HIC-1599136
Neck
Tension (kN)0.40.3
Compression (kN)0.40.6
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)4043
Lateral force (kN)2.21.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)3438
Average deflection (mm)3032
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.464.29
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.530.61
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.82.1
Acetabulum force (kN)3.22.9
Combined force (kN)4.54.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.01.0
L-M moment (Nm)97132
A-P moment (Nm) -4627

Applies to 2010-12 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,371 lbs
Peak force16,117 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio4.78
Tested vehicle
2010 Ford Fusion 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 2009-12 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 - power cloth seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual - power cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)18
Distance below top of head (mm)24
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)11.8
Head contact time (ms)58
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)1
Max neck tension (N)429

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