2007 Ford Freestar

minivan

2007 Ford Freestar Minivan
2006 Ford Freestar shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Side with optional side airbags
Side without optional side airbags
Head restraints & seats

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2004-07 models

Tested vehicle: 2004 Ford Freestar S passenger van

The Ford Freestar was introduced in the 2004 model year as a replacement for the Ford Windstar. The Mercury Monterey was introduced in the same year and discontinued after the 2006 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

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.

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit only the head restraint, as indicated by smeared greasepaint.

Forces on the legs and feet were low, indicating that significant injury was unlikely.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0327
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 12
Left (cm) 12
Center (cm) 11
Right (cm) 11
Brake pedal (cm) 10
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 5
Right (cm) 3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 9
Rearward (cm) -1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0327
Head
HIC-15 340
Peak gs at hard contact 86
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm) 19
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm) 27
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 2.0
Femur force - right (kN) 1.4
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.49
Maximum tibia index - right 0.31
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 74
Right 61

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2006-07 models

Tested vehicle: 2006 Ford Freestar SE van with optional head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and optional front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Ford Freestar was introduced in the 2004 model year as a replacement for the Windstar. The Mercury Monterey was introduced in 2004 as well and discontinued after the 2006 model year. Beginning with 2006 Freestar and Monterey models, design changes were made to the door trim panels and the side airbags to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes, and the side airbags were made standard in all Monterey models.

Two tests of a 2006 Freestar were conducted, one with optional side airbags for the driver and rear passenger, and one without. These vehicles are rated separately, except that the structural ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Action shot taken during the side impact crash test showing the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain and side torso airbags.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy's head was protected by the side airbag.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0523 CES0524
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) 2.5 2.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0523 CES0524
Head HIC-15 438 612
Neck
Tension (kN) 2.4 2.9
Compression (kN) 0.0 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 35 48
Lateral force (kN) 0.9 2.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 41 52
Average deflection (mm) 31 46
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 6.09 5.80
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.99 1.54
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.0 1.9
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.4 3.1
Combined force (kN) 5.1 4.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.6 1.3
L-M moment (Nm) 167 137
A-P moment (Nm) -43 -46

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0523 CES0524
Head HIC-15 112 67
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.1 1.1
Compression (kN) 0.4 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 35 32
Lateral force (kN) 1.5 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 34 33
Average deflection (mm) 22 23
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.71 4.39
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.48 0.56
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.5 1.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.1 2.8
Combined force (kN) 3.3 4.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 30 50
A-P moment (Nm) -42 -42

Rating applies to 2006-07 models

Tested vehicle: 2006 Ford Freestar SE van without optional side airbags

The Ford Freestar was introduced in the 2004 model year as a replacement for the Windstar. The similar Mercury Monterey was introduced in 2004 as well and discontinued after the 2006 model year. Beginning with 2006 models, design changes were made to the door trim panels and the side airbags to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes, and the side airbags were made standard in all Monterey models.

Two tests of a 2006 Freestar were conducted, one with optional side airbags for the driver and rear passenger, and one without. These vehicles are rated separately, except that the structural ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
The intruding barrier came close to the dummy's head in this test. Although the barrier did not hit the head, this near miss indicates that only slightly different crash circumstances could produce a direct hit to a person's head.
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
The dummy's head was hit by the window frame of the rear passenger door. This impact did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection is inadequate.

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the damage to the occupant compartment.

Action shot taken during the side impact crash test showing the driver dummy's head leaning well outward and approaching the crash test barrier.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was hit by the window trim, which was dislodged during the crash (dummy removed from van to show the impact point).

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0523 CES0524
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) 2.5 2.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0523 CES0524
Head HIC-15 438 612
Neck
Tension (kN) 2.4 2.9
Compression (kN) 0.0 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 35 48
Lateral force (kN) 0.9 2.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 41 52
Average deflection (mm) 31 46
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 6.09 5.80
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.99 1.54
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.0 1.9
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.4 3.1
Combined force (kN) 5.1 4.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.6 1.3
L-M moment (Nm) 167 137
A-P moment (Nm) -43 -46

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0523 CES0524
Head HIC-15 112 67
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.1 1.1
Compression (kN) 0.4 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 35 32
Lateral force (kN) 1.5 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 34 33
Average deflection (mm) 22 23
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.71 4.39
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.48 0.56
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.5 1.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.1 2.8
Combined force (kN) 3.3 4.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 30 50
A-P moment (Nm) -42 -42

How the side crash test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2004-07 models

Seat type: Seats with adjustable head restraints

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Seats with adjustable head restraints
Geometry
Backset (mm) 52
Distance below top of head (mm) 45
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 9.0
Head contact time (ms) 108
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 98
Max neck tension (N) 515

Rating applies to 2004-07 models

Seat type: Seats with fixed head restraints

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Seats with fixed head restraints
Geometry
Backset (mm) 70
Distance below top of head (mm) 20
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 9.2
Head contact time (ms) 100
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 46
Max neck tension (N) 543

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted