1995 Mercury Sable

large car / 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front

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 1994-95 models

Tested vehicle: 1995 Ford Taurus GL 4-door

The Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable were introduced in the 1986 model year. Frontal airbags for both the driver and passenger were introduced as options beginning with the 1992 model year and were made standard for the Sable in 1993 and for the Taurus in 1994.

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.

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 in a rear-end crash.

Intrusion into the driver footwell area was minimal to moderate. Injury risk to the legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CF95013
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 10
Left (cm) 13
Center (cm) 17
Right (cm) 15
Brake pedal (cm) 13
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 4
Right (cm) 4
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 10
Rearward (cm) 1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 4

Driver injury measures

Test ID CF95013
Head
HIC-15 183
Peak gs at hard contact 72
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.5
Extension bending moment (Nm) 22
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm) 23
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 3.8
Femur force - right (kN) 2.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 3
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.37
Maximum tibia index - right 0.34
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 0.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 71
Right 52

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted