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2009 Ford Mustang 2-door convertible

Midsize convertible
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  • Moderate overlap front
    A
  • Side
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    P
2007 Ford Mustang 2-door convertible shown
2007 Ford Mustang 2-door convertible shown
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Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags (standard in 2008-09 models, optional in 2005-07 models)
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Antilock brakes (optional)
3
Daytime running lights (optional on models sold to fleets)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
G
G
G
2013
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
2010
G
G
G
2009
A
G
P
2008
A
G
P
2007
A
G
P
2006
A
P
2005
A
P

Applies to 2007-09 models

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
A
Injury measures
Head/neck
A
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
A
Restraints and dummy kinematics
A
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Ford Mustang was redesigned for the 2005 model year and modified beginning with 2007 models manufactured after May 2007 to reduce the likelihood of door opening in 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).

Two tests of a 2007 Mustang convertible were conducted, one before the door modifications were made, and one after. During the first crash test, the window glass in the down position pushed on the driver door latch linkage, and the door opened. Ford responded by adding structure in the doors to prevent the window glass from contacting the latch mechanism and asked the Institute to test the Mustang again. In the second test, the driver door did not open.

The two cars are rated separately, but the overall rating for each is Acceptable.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the neck and chest 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. Forces on the right tibia indicate that lower leg injuries would also be possible. Head acceleration from the A-pillar hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. The dummy's head hit the A-pillar, which bent downward and inward during the crash.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2007 Ford Mustang GT convertible
Weight 3,691 lbs.
Side airbagsfront seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags
Wheelbase107 in.
Length188 in.
Width74 in.
Engine4.6 L V8
EPA ratings17 mpg city / 23 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0715
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)13
Left (cm)16
Center (cm)20
Right (cm)18
Brake pedal (cm)9
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)4
Right (cm)3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)1
Rearward (cm)-8
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)8

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0715
Head
HIC-15275
Peak gs at hard contact83
Neck
Tension (kN)0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm)21
Maximum Nij 0.33
Chest maximum compression (mm)26
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)3.5
Femur force - right (kN)1.6
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.24
Maximum tibia index - right0.83
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left52
Right91

Applies to 2008-09 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
A
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
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 Mustang was redesigned for the 2005 model year. Beginning with 2007 models manufactured after January 2007, the optional side airbags were modified to improve occupant protection in side impact 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). Beginning with 2008 models, the side airbags were made standard.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures 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 airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — The dummy's head was hit by the interior side trim and convertible boot (cover for the folded roof). These impacts did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection is inadequate.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2007 Ford Mustang GT convertible
Weight 3,721 lbs.
Side airbagsoptional front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags
Wheelbase107 in.
Length188 in.
Width74 in.
Engine4.6 L V8
EPA ratings17 mpg city / 23 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0703
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.
-17.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0703
Head HIC-15213
Neck
Tension (kN)0.7
Compression (kN)0.7
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)44
Lateral force (kN)1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)46
Average deflection (mm)38
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.27
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.86
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.7
Acetabulum force (kN)3.4
Combined force (kN)4.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.5
L-M moment (Nm)95
A-P moment (Nm) 43

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0703
Head HIC-15287
Neck
Tension (kN)1.2
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)29
Lateral force (kN)1.9
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)27
Average deflection (mm)18
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.85
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.37
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.3
Acetabulum force (kN)1.2
Combined force (kN)1.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.1
L-M moment (Nm)135
A-P moment (Nm) -19

Applies to 2005-09 models

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

Seat type

Manual-power leather seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual-power leather seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)25
Distance below top of head (mm)28
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)10.9
Head contact time (ms)94
Force ratingHigh
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)269
Max neck tension (N)704

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