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2012 Ford Mustang 2-door convertible

Midsize convertible
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  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
See below for ratings based on manufacture date.
2010 Ford Mustang 2-door convertible shown
2010 Ford Mustang 2-door convertible shown
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Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights (optional on vehicles 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 2010-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
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 Mustang was re-engineered and restyled for the 2010 model year.

Two tests of a 2010 Mustang convertible were conducted. In the first test, forces recorded on the dummy's neck were high, leading to a poor head/neck injury rating and a poor overall rating. In response, Ford modified the convertible's front structure and the doors to improve occupant protection in frontal offset crashes beginning with cars manufactured after December 2009 (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).

In the second test of a car built after the structural modifications were in place, the head/neck and overall ratings improved to good.

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

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side airbag deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head contacted the side airbag.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2010 Ford Mustang GT convertible
Weight 3,738 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 IDCEF1001
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)13
Left (cm)16
Center (cm)18
Right (cm)16
Brake pedal (cm)7
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)4
Right (cm)3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)3
Rearward (cm)-5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)7

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF1001
Head
HIC-15151
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm)20
Maximum Nij 0.19
Chest maximum compression (mm)32
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)2.9
Femur force - right (kN)2.7
Knee displacement - left (mm)5
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.38
Maximum tibia index - right0.46
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left53
Right59

Applies to 2010-14 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 re-engineered and restyled for the 2010 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Ford as part of side crash test verification.

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 vehicle2010 Ford Mustang convertible
Weight 3,569 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags
Wheelbase107 in.
Length188 in.
Width74 in.
Engine4.0 L V6
EPA ratings16 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS0908
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.
-17.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS0908
Head HIC-15224
Neck
Tension (kN)0.7
Compression (kN)0.9
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)40
Lateral force (kN)1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)44
Average deflection (mm)36
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.70
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.83
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.3
Acetabulum force (kN)2.7
Combined force (kN)3.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.7
L-M moment (Nm)123
A-P moment (Nm) 28

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS0908
Head HIC-15308
Neck
Tension (kN)1.3
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)32
Lateral force (kN)1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)34
Average deflection (mm)20
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.30
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.58
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.2
Acetabulum force (kN)1.4
Combined force (kN)2.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.8
L-M moment (Nm)92
A-P moment (Nm) 14

Applies to 2012-14 models built after July 2011

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

Power leather seat with 4-way head restraint

How this test is conducted

Seat typePower leather seat with 4-way head restraint
Geometry
Backset (mm)14
Distance below top of head (mm)34
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)11.3
Head contact time (ms)70
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)52
Max neck tension (N)689

Applies to 2010-12 models built before August 2011

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 seats with 2-way head restraint

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual - power seats with 2-way head restraint
Geometry
Backset (mm)12
Distance below top of head (mm)30
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)12.5
Head contact time (ms)66
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)2
Max neck tension (N)544

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