1999 Ford Taurus

large car / 4-door sedan

1999 Ford Taurus 4-door sedan
1996 Ford Taurus shown


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front: original test


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Moderate overlap front: original test

Rating applies to 1996-99 models

Tested vehicle: 1996 Ford Taurus GL 4-door

The Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable were redesigned for the 1996 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
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.

Crumpled sheet metal in front of the occupant compartment indicates where the crash energy was absorbed. A strong safety cage helped keep the tire out of the driver footwell area.

The head restraints are poor. Even when they're adjusted to the highest position, they're too far below and behind the top of an average-size male's head to provide adequate protection.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CF95029
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 8
Left (cm) 15
Center (cm) 16
Right (cm) 16
Brake pedal (cm) 19
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 5
Right (cm) 5
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 2
Rearward (cm) 3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 4

Driver injury measures

Test ID CF95029
HIC-15 254
Peak gs at hard contact 21
Tension (kN) 1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm) 34
Maximum Nij 0.35
Chest maximum compression (mm) 36
Femur force - left (kN) 4.6
Femur force - right (kN) 1.7
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.45
Maximum tibia index - right 0.48
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 85
Right 69

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

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