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2005 Ford Mustang convertible

Midsize convertible
  • Moderate overlap front
    A
  • Head restraints & seats
    P
1
Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags (optional)
2
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 2005-07 models

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
A
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
A
Restraints and dummy kinematics
P
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 a 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 the 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 head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the right tibia indicate that lower leg injuries would be possible. Head accelerations from the A-pillar hits were low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. However, the dummy's head hit the A-pillar, which bent downward and inward during the crash. During rebound, the head hit the top of the A-pillar. Late in the crash, the driver door opened. This opening didn't significantly affect dummy movement during the test but shouldn't happen because, in some crashes, it could allow partial or complete occupant ejection.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2007 Ford Mustang GT convertible
Weight 3,741 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 IDCEF0704
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)14
Left (cm)18
Center (cm)21
Right (cm)20
Brake pedal (cm)12
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)5
Right (cm)4
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)4
Rearward (cm)-9
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)9

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0704
Head
HIC-15252
Peak gs at hard contact57.000000
Neck
Tension (kN)0.7
Extension bending moment (Nm)
Maximum Nij
Chest maximum compression (mm)36
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)3.6
Femur force - right (kN)2.3
Knee displacement - left (mm)3
Knee displacement - right (mm)1
Maximum tibia index - left0.38
Maximum tibia index - right0.98
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left57
Right90

Applies to 2005-09 models

Overall evaluation
P
Dynamic rating
P
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Head restraints & seats ratings 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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