2011 Ford Mustang

midsize convertible / 2-door convertible

2011 Ford Mustang 2-door convertible
2010 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 2010-14 models built after December 2009

Tested vehicle: 2010 Ford Mustang GT convertible

The Ford Mustang was re-engineered and restyled for the 2010 model year.

Two tests of a 2010 Mustang convertible were conducted. In the first test, forces recorded on the dummy's neck were high, leading to a poor head/neck injury rating and a poor overall rating. In response, Ford modified the convertible's front structure and the doors to improve occupant protection in frontal offset crashes beginning with cars manufactured after December 2009 (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).

In the second test of a car built after the structural modifications were in place, the head/neck and overall ratings improved to good.

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 reasonably well.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the dummy's head contacted the side airbag and head restraint during rebound.

Despite moderate intrusion into the driver footwell, all leg and foot injury measures were low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF1001
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 13
Left (cm) 16
Center (cm) 18
Right (cm) 16
Brake pedal (cm) 7
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 4
Right (cm) 3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 3
Rearward (cm) 5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 7

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF1001
Head
HIC-15 151
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 20
Maximum Nij 0.19
Chest maximum compression (mm) 32
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 2.9
Femur force - right (kN) 2.7
Knee displacement - left (mm) 5
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.38
Maximum tibia index - right 0.46
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 53
Right 59

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2010-14 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Ford Mustang convertible with standard front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags

The Ford Mustang was re-engineered and restyled for the 2010 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Ford as part of side crash test verification.

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.
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS0908
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -17.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS0908
Head HIC-15 224
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Compression (kN) 0.9
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 40
Lateral force (kN) 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 44
Average deflection (mm) 36
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.70
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.83
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.3
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.7
Combined force (kN) 3.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.7
L-M moment (Nm) 123
A-P moment (Nm) 28

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS0908
Head HIC-15 308
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Compression (kN) 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 32
Lateral force (kN) 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 34
Average deflection (mm) 20
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.30
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.58
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.4
Combined force (kN) 2.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.8
L-M moment (Nm) 92
A-P moment (Nm) 14

How the side crash test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Manual - power seats with 2-way head restraint manufactured before Aug 2011

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual - power seats with 2-way head restraint manufactured before Aug 2011
Geometry
Backset (mm) 12
Distance below top of head (mm) 30
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 12.5
Head contact time (ms) 66
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 2
Max neck tension (N) 544

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted