Ford Taurus1992-95 models
results also apply to: 1992-95 Mercury Sable
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 Taurus and Mercury Sable were introduced in the 1986 model year. Frontal airbags for both the driver and passenger were introduced as options beginning with the 1992 model year and were made standard for the Sable in 1993 and for the Taurus in 1994.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the B-pillar.
Injury measures — Measures taken from the neck, chest, and legs indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the B-pillar, indicating that injuries to the head would be possible.
Left to right:
- Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.
- The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.
- The head restraints are poor. Even when they're adjusted to the highest position, they're too far below and behind the top of an average-size male's head to provide adequate protection in a rear-end crash.
- Intrusion into the driver footwell area was minimal to moderate. Injury risk to the legs and feet was low.
- Antilock brakes (optional beginning with 1990 models)
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 1995 Ford Taurus GL 4-door
- Class: Large family car
- Weight: 3,159 lbs.
- Side airbags: none
- Wheelbase: 106 in.
- Length: 192 in.
- Width: 71 in.
- Engine: 3.0 L V6
- EPA ratings: 20 mpg city | 30 mpg highway