Ford Mustang convertible2007-09 models built after May 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 Mustang was redesigned for the 2005 model year and modified beginning with 2007 models manufactured after May 2007 to reduce the likelihood of door opening in 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).
Two tests of a 2007 Mustang convertible were conducted, one before the door modifications were made, and one after. During the first crash test, the window glass in the down position pushed on the driver door latch linkage, and the door opened. Ford responded by adding structure in the doors to prevent the window glass from contacting the latch mechanism and asked the Institute to test the Mustang again. In the second test, the driver door did not open.
The two cars are rated separately, but the overall rating for each is Acceptable.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. The dummy's head hit the A-pillar, which bent downward and inward during the crash.
Injury measures — Measures taken from the neck and chest 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 steering wheel through the airbag, indicating that head injuries would be possible. Forces on the right tibia indicate that lower leg injuries would also be possible. Head acceleration from the A-pillar hit was low.
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 reasonably well.
- Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the A-pillar. Head acceleration from this hit was low.
- Forces on the lower right leg were just high enough to indicate the possibility of injuries.
- Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags (standard in 2008-09 models, optional in 2005-07 models)
- Antilock brakes (optional)
- Daytime running lights (optional on models sold to fleets)
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 2007 Ford Mustang GT convertible
- Class: Midsize convertible
- Weight: 3,691 lbs.
- Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags
- Wheelbase: 107 in.
- Length: 188 in.
- Width: 74 in.
- Engine: 4.6 L V8
- EPA ratings: 17 mpg city | 23 mpg highway