Ford Windstar1999-2003 models
MODERATE OVERLAP FRONT TEST
|Structure/safety cage||Injury measures||Restraints/dummy kinematics|
|Head/neck||Chest||Leg/foot, left||Leg/foot, right|
Important: Frontal crash test ratings can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
Good Acceptable Marginal Poor
The Ford Windstar was redesigned for the 1999 model year to include an optional fourth door and modifications to the front-end structure.
Restraints/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. There was too much upward movement of the steering wheel.
Injury measures — 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 tibia indicate that injuries to the lower left leg would be possible.
Left to right:
- Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.
- There was moderate intrusion into the footwell area and too much steering wheel movement, but the driver's upper interior survival space was maintained reasonably well.
- Intrusion into the driver footwell contributed to moderately high forces on the dummy's left leg.
- The fixed head restraints are too low to protect many drivers, especially people taller than this dummy representing an average-size male.
- Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags (optional)
- Electronic stability control (optional beginning with 2001 models)
- Antilock brakes
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 1999 Ford Windstar LX
- Class: Minivan
- Weight: 4,131 lbs.
- Side airbags: none
- Wheelbase: 121 in.
- Length: 201 in.
- Width: 77 in.
- Engine: 3.8 L V6
- EPA ratings: 17 mpg city | 23 mpg highway