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2000 Mercury Sable

Large family car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
1
Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags (optional).
2
Antilock brakes (optional)
3
Daytime running lights (optional on cars sold to fleets)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2009
G
G
G
2008
G
G
G
2005
G
P
2004
G
P
2003
G
2002
G
2001
G
2000
G
1999
G
1998
G
1997
G
1996
G
1995
G
1994
G

Applies to 2000-05 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 2000 Mercury Sable is a twin of the tested vehicle.

The Ford Taurus and the Mercury Sable were redesigned for the 2000 model year to provide more advanced occupant restraint features. The Sable was discontinued after the 2005 model year, and the 2006 Taurus was sold primarily to fleets. The Taurus was then discontinued after the 2006 model year.

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 vehicle2000 Ford Taurus SES 4-door
Weight 3,333 lbs.
Side airbagsfront seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags
Wheelbase108 in.
Length198 in.
Width73 in.
Engine3.0 L V6
EPA ratings19 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF00010
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)8
Left (cm)12
Center (cm)14
Right (cm)13
Brake pedal (cm)14
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)2
Right (cm)1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)6
Rearward (cm)-1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)3

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF00010
Head
HIC-15170
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm)13
Maximum Nij 0.27
Chest maximum compression (mm)28
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)2.1
Femur force - right (kN)1.2
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)3
Maximum tibia index - left0.43
Maximum tibia index - right0.67
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.0
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left51
Right50

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