2008 Ford Mustang

midsize convertible / 2-door convertible

2008 Ford Mustang 2-door convertible
2007 Ford Mustang 2-door convertible shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
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 2007-09 models built after May 2007

Tested vehicle: 2007 Ford Mustang GT 2-door convertible

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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. The dummy's head hit the A-pillar, which bent downward and inward during the crash.

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.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0715
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 13
Left (cm) 16
Center (cm) 20
Right (cm) 18
Brake pedal (cm) 9
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 4
Right (cm) 3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 1
Rearward (cm) 8
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 8

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0715
Head
HIC-15 275
Peak gs at hard contact 83
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 21
Maximum Nij 0.33
Chest maximum compression (mm) 26
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 3.5
Femur force - right (kN) 1.6
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.24
Maximum tibia index - right 0.83
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 52
Right 91

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2008-09 models

Tested vehicle: 2007 Ford Mustang GT 2-door convertible with optional front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags

The Ford Mustang was redesigned for the 2005 model year. Beginning with 2007 models manufactured after January 2007, the optional side airbags were modified to improve occupant protection in side impact 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). Beginning with 2008 models, the side airbags were made standard.

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
The dummy's head was hit by the interior side trim and convertible boot (cover for the folded roof). These impacts did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection is inadequate.

View of the vehicle just after the crash test.

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

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbag.

Smeared red and yellow greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was hit by the interior side trim.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0703
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -17.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0703
Head HIC-15 213
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Compression (kN) 0.7
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 44
Lateral force (kN) 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 46
Average deflection (mm) 38
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.27
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.86
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.4
Combined force (kN) 4.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 95
A-P moment (Nm) 43

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0703
Head HIC-15 287
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Compression (kN) 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 29
Lateral force (kN) 1.9
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 27
Average deflection (mm) 18
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.85
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.37
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.3
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.2
Combined force (kN) 1.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.1
L-M moment (Nm) 135
A-P moment (Nm) -19

How the side crash test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Manual-power leather seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual-power leather seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 25
Distance below top of head (mm) 28
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 10.9
Head contact time (ms) 94
Force rating 3
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 269
Max neck tension (N) 704

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted