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2008 Ford Taurus

Large family car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard beginning with 2008 Taurus/Sable models, 2007 Montego models, and 2007 Five Hundred models manufactured after September 2006; optional in 2005-06 models)
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags, if equipped, in the event of an impending rollover
3
Electronic stability control (standard beginning with 2009 Taurus/Sable models, optional on 2008 Taurus/Sable models)
4
Antilock brakes
5
Daytime running lights (optional on vehicles sold to fleets)
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 2008-09 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 re-engineered with a new engine for the 2008 model year. In addition, electronic stability control was introduced as an option beginning with the 2008 models. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Ford as part of frontal crash test verification. These cars were known as the Ford Five Hundred and Mercury Montego in the 2005-07 model years.

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. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2008 Ford Taurus SEL 4dr
Weight 3,873 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase113 in.
Length201 in.
Width74 in.
Engine3.5 L V6
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF0704
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)3
Left (cm)4
Center (cm)5
Right (cm)3
Brake pedal (cm)3
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)2
Right (cm)2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)1
Rearward (cm)2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF0704
Head
HIC-15134
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm)20
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm)40
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.9
Femur force - right (kN)0.6
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.33
Maximum tibia index - right0.34
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left45
Right59

Applies to 2008-09 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
A
Pelvis/leg
A
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 Five Hundred and Mercury Montego were introduced in the 2005 model year. The cars were re-engineered with a new engine for the 2008 model year and renamed the Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable. In addition, electronic stability control was introduced as an option beginning with the 2008 models. The engineering changes do not affect side impact performance.

Side airbags were made standard in all 2007 Montego models and in 2007 Five Hundred models manufactured after September 2006. Beginning with 2008 models, all Taurus and Sable models also have standard side airbags.

Two tests of a 2006 Five Hundred were conducted, one with optional side airbags for the driver and rear passenger, and one without. These vehicles are rated separately, except that the structural ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries, as well as a fracture of the pelvis, would be possible 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 vehicle2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 4-door
Weight 3,717 lbs.
Side airbagsoptional front and rear head curtain airbags and optional front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase113 in.
Length201 in.
Width74 in.
Engine3.0 L V6
EPA ratings21 mpg city / 29 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0528CES0613
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.
-11.5-10.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0528
Head HIC-15273
Neck
Tension (kN)0.7
Compression (kN)0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)48
Lateral force (kN)2.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)46
Average deflection (mm)39
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.29
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.87
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.2
Acetabulum force (kN)3.5
Combined force (kN)5.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.7
L-M moment (Nm)34
A-P moment (Nm) 26

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0528
Head HIC-15316
Neck
Tension (kN)0.5
Compression (kN)0.6
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)13
Lateral force (kN)1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)34
Average deflection (mm)26
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.98
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.64
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.7
Acetabulum force (kN)3.3
Combined force (kN)3.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.6
L-M moment (Nm)81
A-P moment (Nm) 12

Applies to 2008-09 models

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

Seat type

Manual cloth seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)42
Distance below top of head (mm)45
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)9.1
Head contact time (ms)65
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)44
Max neck tension (N)435

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