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1997 Ford Taurus

Large family car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
1
Antilock brakes (optional)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
G
G
G
G
2013
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
G
2010
G
G
G
G
2009
G
G
G
2008
G
G
G
2006
G
M
2005
G
M
2004
G
M
2003
G
2002
G
2001
G
2000
G
1999
G
1998
G
1997
G
1996
G
1995
G
1994
G

Applies to 1996-99 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
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 Taurus and Mercury Sable were redesigned for the 1996 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head acceleration from the B-pillar hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy moved toward the driver door, and its head hit the B-pillar.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1996 Ford Taurus GL 4-door
Weight 3,331 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase109 in.
Length198 in.
Width73 in.
Engine3.0 L V6
EPA ratings20 mpg city / 29 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF95029
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)8
Left (cm)15
Center (cm)16
Right (cm)16
Brake pedal (cm)19
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)5
Right (cm)5
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)2
Rearward (cm)-3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)4

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF95029
Head
HIC-15254
Peak gs at hard contact21
Neck
Tension (kN)1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm)-34
Maximum Nij 0.35
Chest maximum compression (mm)36
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)4.6
Femur force - right (kN)1.7
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.45
Maximum tibia index - right0.48
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left85
Right69

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