: Ford Focus Crash results?
07-19-2008, 04:15 PM
I have a 2006 Ford Focus SE Zx4. I find it to be a very basic vehicle. four door. no cruise control. manual lights and seats. auto trans. no fog lights. driver/passenger airbags. while it is light in the body and gets great gas milage- i am more concerned about the likely hood of myself surviving in a car accident in this vehicle. in this new era of more fuel economic vehicles, we have to shed some pounds from our vehicle's exteriors to make a better, faster, fuel economic car. but by doing that, doesn't it make it about as safe to ride in as an aluminum can? My car is also small and compact. if it was fully seated and there was an impact i would be very concerned for the lives of my passengers and myself. does anyone know of the crash tests results or safety features for the ford focus?
07-19-2008, 04:37 PM
Somebody survived a 90mph crash with a dumptruck, don't know if the pics are still around. But that made me feel much better!
07-19-2008, 08:55 PM
^^^ I remember that, if i aint mistaken didn't the motor come out too? I think he and his bro walked away with out a scratch... Get on youtube and look up i think it was top gear new focus vs. rebuilt title focus.
07-19-2008, 09:05 PM
Unlike the good ole days where you could get in a 60mph crash and barely scratch the paint, today's lighter cars are designed to distribute crash loads all throughout the body and crumple to absorb impact and transfer as small of a load as possible to the passenger. You do have an added risk of being trapped when the car crushes but I'd be willing to bet the likelihood of severe injury or death is a lot less than the tanks that we drove a few decades ago, unless you get into a head on or t-boned by a large truck, which you will be lucky to walk away from regardless of what you are driving.
As for the safety, we've seen rollovers and such on the Forums with people walking away. One guy recently flipped and landed upside down in water and everyone did ok. Then there was a guy who hit a stationary truck going pretty fast, he walked out. The side impact tests were the worst case in official tests, but I have seen a lot of people on here who were in side impacts and were still fine.
07-19-2008, 09:13 PM
my uncle flipped his focus se going 80+ on the freeway flipped it 3 times, he walked away from the crash.
i have seen many accidents on this site over the years, and to the best of my knowlege everyone walked away from the wreck and most have bought another focus cuz of how safe it is.
07-20-2008, 12:58 PM
I think you can access the crash test results at the D.O.T. (I think they have them published). I will also mention that lighter is not always worse. For one, take a look at the crash test results for the Smart (amazing). Now compare to a heavy SUV, or for that matter look at the annual deaths for each range of vehicle. What is a critical factor in a collision is the height. A T-bone in the lower door panel area will be less damaging to the occupant than the window area for obvious reasons (primary reason they are mandating uniform bumper heights). But high height brings its own problems. It really depends on you, where you drive and how you drive. I did opt for the side window curtains in my 07. But really, avoidance (I.E. handling) is really the best answer if possible. But as happened just last week just outside of Saint Louis (and also about 6 years ago), The biggest, beefiest SUV you can get will not save you from the Semi coming at high speed and your stationary in a traffic jam with no escape route.
07-20-2008, 01:10 PM
this should help You a bit:
07-20-2008, 01:18 PM
The IIHS, the guys who do the offset collision test, rated the Focus higher than the other small cars. That was enough for me, and that's why I bought my Focus. Nothing is going to protect you from everything, but I do think that having a good impact rating is important.
For example, I watched a guy drive a Corolla under the front of an 18 wheeler with a full dump bed at about 50 mph. The truck rolled over that car. While other concerned citizens ran over the the crushed car, I hugged the truck driver because it wasn't his fault at all- he had the green. There was a lot of puking going on soon after.
07-20-2008, 02:13 PM
Modern cars are VASTLY safer than the cars of yore. Let me give you a personal example of a car I drove for TWELVE years: a 1965 Plymouth Valiant.
Seat belts: yes, lap belts in the front, no shoulder belt and it had a "safety glass" windshield, the kind that would smash into little bits instead of razor sharp daggers. That's IT for the safety equipment. Here's the bad stuff.
1. Drum brakes only, grabby, prone to heat fade and when a wheel cylinder leaked, it would soak the brake shoes and that wheel would lock up WAY before the rest (that's personal experience.)
2. Non collapsing steering column, also known as the "harpoon", a frequent injury in the old days was a "flailed chest" from the "harpoon" running through the body.
3. No latch on the glove compartment, it had a metal door and tended to fall open during crashes, cutting off the passengers legs.
4. No back seat seat belts.
5. Non buckling hood, that sucker would kick up in the back and ram right through the windshield.
6. Bias ply tires. Yep mine came with them and they were absolute crap for braking and steering. They'd shove and push and were hard as rocks ghastly.
7. No shoulder belt, in a head on, there was only the "harpoon" and the painted STEEL dashboard to smash into.
8. No head rests, the bench seat came up to just below my shoulders. No recline, no energy absorption at all, a bit hard on the neck if you get my drift.
I got rear ended several times in that car and it was never pleasant. Fortunately I had the OTHER guy's crumple zones for energy absorption. My car looked fine after those wrecks but I was pretty beat up, I was the crumple zone.
So, think about how you plan to crash, if you're just going to tool around town texting people and crashing into them at 10-15 MPH, you should be fine in about anything. If you're planning to do street racing and crashing into bridge abutments at 100+ MPH, you'd better go with a high-end European car if you're planning to crash into other people in the winter, get a tank like a H2 or a big frame-on truck so that you'll have a better chance of driving home after the wreck.
Or your best option is to think safely, pay attention and don't be there when the wreck happens.
07-20-2008, 02:19 PM
there have been lots of stories here where people crashed their foci really bad and came out unharmed.