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2004 Lincoln Town Car

Large luxury car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    M
2003 Lincoln Town Car shown
2003 Lincoln Town Car shown
1
Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags (standard in Lincoln Town Car, standard in Mercury Grand Marquis and Ford Crown Victoria beginning with 2009 models, optional in 2003-08 Mercury Grand Marquis and Ford Crown Victoria models)
2
Antilock brakes
3
Daytime running lights (optional on 2006 and later Crown Victoria models sold to fleets)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2011
G
2010
G
2009
G
2008
G
M
2007
G
M
2006
G
M
2005
G
M
2004
G
M
2003
G
M

Applies to 2003-11 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
A
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
A
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Lincoln Town Car, Ford Crown Victoria, and Mercury Grand Marquis were re-engineered for the 2003 model year. Beginning with 2008 models, the Ford Crown Victoria was sold when new only to fleets. The Mercury Grand Marquis was discontinued after the 2010 model year.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of a 2003 Town Car in two 40 mph frontal offset crash tests into deformable barriers. In the first test, a high acceleration occurred when the dummy's head rebounded against the B-pillar, indicating a possibility of head injury. This led Lincoln to modify the frontal airbag deployment characteristics on models produced after May 2003 (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 Institute tested a second Town Car with the modified airbags, and all head injury measures were low. Ratings of the Town Car listed here are from the second test.

Injury measures

In the second test, 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 left femur, knee, and tibia indicate that injuries to the leg and knee would be possible. Head acceleration from the roof rail/window frame hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled in the second test. During rebound, the top of the head hit the roof rail and adjacent window frame between the A- and B-pillars. As in the first test, the driver's seat tipped toward the door.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2003 Lincoln Town Car Premium Signature 4-door
Weight 4,339 lbs.
Side airbagsfront seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags
Wheelbase118 in.
Length215 in.
Width78 in.
Engine4.6 L V8
EPA ratings17 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0313
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)10
Left (cm)12
Center (cm)14
Right (cm)11
Brake pedal (cm)6
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)5
Right (cm)5
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)3
Rearward (cm)-3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)7

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0313
Head
HIC-15265
Peak gs at hard contact15
Neck
Tension (kN)1.5
Extension bending moment (Nm)10
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm)36
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)7.5
Femur force - right (kN)2.6
Knee displacement - left (mm)13
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.97
Maximum tibia index - right0.34
Tibia axial force - left (kN)4.2
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left87
Right60

Applies to 2003-08 models

Overall evaluation
M
Dynamic rating
M
Seat/head restraint geometry
A
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

All seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeAll seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)80
Distance below top of head (mm)68
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)7.8
Head contact time (ms)134
Force ratingHigh
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)271
Max neck tension (N)859

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