Ford Fusion2007-12 models built after January 2007
results also apply to: 2007-12 Lincoln MKZ built after January 2007 | 2007-10 Mercury Milan built after January 2007
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 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.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit deployed side curtain airbag and the roof rail above it.
Injury measures — 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.
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.
- Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head brushed across the side curtain airbag and hit the roof rail during rebound, producing high forces on the neck.
- Postcrash photo with carpeting removed indicating the modified "ramp" intended to reduce loading on the right leg and ankle in frontal offset crashes.
- Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard beginning with 2007 models and in 2006 Zephyr, optional in 2006 Fusion and Milan models)
- Electronic stability control (standard beginning with 2010 Fusion and Milan models and 2009 MKZ models, optional on 2009 Fusion and Milan models)
- Antilock brakes (standard beginning with 2008 Fusion and Milan models, optional on 2006-07 Fusion and Milan, standard on Zephyr/MKZ)
- Daytime running lights (optional on vehicles sold to fleets)
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 2007 Ford Fusion SE 4-door
- Class: Midsize moderately priced car
- Weight: 3,384 lbs.
- Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
- Wheelbase: 107 in.
- Length: 190 in.
- Width: 72 in.
- Engine: 3.0 L V6
- EPA ratings: 20 mpg city | 28 mpg highway