Applies to 2007-12 models built after January 2007
|Structure and safety cage|
|Restraints and dummy kinematics|
|Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.
The Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, and Lincoln Zephyr were introduced in the 2006 model year. The Zephyr was renamed the MKZ beginning with 2007 models. All three cars were restyled beginning with the 2010 model year, and the Mercury Milan was discontinued after the 2010 model year.
Beginning with 2007 models manufactured after January 2007, structural reinforcements were added to the floor ahead of the front seats, and the hard plastic "ramp" bolted underneath the carpeting near the base of the accelerator pedal was modified to improve occupant protection in frontal offset crashes. In addition, the standard side airbags were changed so that they would deploy in severe 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.)
The tested car was manufactured after all modifications had been made.
Measures taken from the head and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the neck when the head hit the roof rail indicate that neck injuries would be possible, but head acceleration from this hit was low. Forces on the right tibia and foot indicate that injuries to the lower leg and foot would be possible.
Restraints and dummy kinematics
Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit deployed side curtain airbag and the roof rail above it.
Tested vehicle specifications
|Tested vehicle||2007 Ford Fusion SE 4-door|
|Weight|| 3,384 lbs.|
|Side airbags||front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags |
|Engine||3.0 L V6|
|EPA ratings||20 mpg city / 28 mpg highway|
How this test is conducted
Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side
|Brake pedal (cm)||6|
|Instrument panel rearward movement|
|Steering column movement|
|A-pillar rearward movement (cm)||1|
Driver injury measures
|Peak gs at hard contact||69 |
|Tension (kN)||1.4 |
|Extension bending moment (Nm)||36 |
|Maximum Nij ||0.72 |
|Chest maximum compression (mm)||36 |
force - left
force - right
displacement - left
|Knee displacement - right (mm)||3 |
index - left||0.47 |
index - right||0.96 |
force - left
force - right
|Foot acceleration (g)|