With its all-new
structure, suspension and braking systems, the dynamic 2005 Ford Mustang
helps drivers in the first phase of safety: accident avoidance.
Responsive, precise handling, coupled with high levels of overall grip and
the strongest brakes ever fitted to a regular production Mustang, help
give the driver the controllability that can turn an impending collision
into just a close shave.
Four-wheel antilock brakes
and all-speed traction control (standard on GT and optional on V-6)
provide additional assistance during emergency maneuvers.
Protection: A Strong Safety Shell
If a crash is unavoidable,
a strong structure and a suite of standard and optional safety equipment
help protect occupants from injury.
The dramatic leaps in body
stiffness that contribute to the 2005 Mustang's driving performance have
parallel benefits in accident protection. The body structure is 31 percent
stiffer in torsion, meaning that a twisting force of 15,500 foot-pounds
can deform the body by only one degree.
Engineering a body with
such high stiffness creates a passenger "safety cage" that helps protect
the cabin from deformation and intrusion.
The front structure is
designed to absorb energy in a controlled manner and dissipate it before
it can reach the passenger compartment. The 2005 Mustang's front rails
have an octagonal shape to spread forces evenly at the firewall and
progressively deform for increased protection in demanding, offset frontal
Mustang Confidence: Ford
Personal Safety Systemô
Topping the list of
Mustang's safety equipment is Ford's Personal Safety Systemô, one of the
industry's most comprehensive safety technology suites. The system is
designed to provide increased protection in many types of frontal crashes
by analyzing impact factors and determining proper air bag response in
It uses dual-stage driver
and front-passenger air bags capable of deploying at full or partial
power. In less severe frontal crashes, air bags inflate with less force -
or not at all - helping reduce the risk of injury caused by inflation of
the air bag.
But seat belts remain the
best line of crash defense for vehicle occupants. Mustang's Personal
Safety System employs pretensioners to tighten front seat belts in the
first milliseconds of a crash; energy management retractors gradually
slacken the belt, if necessary, to reduce forces across the occupant's
chest during the impact.
classification sensing builds on the strength of the Personal Safety
System to tailor deployment of the front-passenger air bag. If the
passenger-seat sensor detects no weight or very little weight, like a
newspaper or a jacket, the passenger air bag is automatically switched
If more weight is on the
seat, like a small child, the air bag remains deactivated and an
instrument panel light alerts the driver with the message "PASSENGER AIR
BAG OFF." Of course, the safest place for children remains the rear seat,
properly restrained. If an adult is seated properly in the passenger seat,
the air bag automatically is switched on, ready to inflate within
milliseconds, if needed.
Among the dozens of
standard safety and security features Mustang offers are:
The most effective way to help save lives on roadways is one of
the simplest safety technologies on the market - the safety belt. Ford's
BeltMinder system gives occupants a gentle chiming reminder to fasten
their seat belts. A Ford innovation introduced in 1999, BeltMinder
already is proving to increase safety-belt use.
Passive Anti-Theft System
Passive anti-theft systems like SecuriLock help protect against
drive-away theft through the use of an electronically coded ignition
key. The system is designed to help prevent the engine from being
started unless a coded key programmed to the vehicle is used. A
miniature transponder with an integrated circuit and antenna is imbedded
in the ignition key. A wireless radio-frequency transmission transfers
an electronic code between the transponder in the key and the vehicle.
If the codes match, a signal passes through the wiring system to the
electronic engine control, allowing the vehicle to start.
Battery Saver helps prevent accidental battery drainage from
Mustang's interior lights. The battery saver feature automatically turns
off interior lights in a parked vehicle after a few minutes, like when a
door is left ajar. If interior lights are left on while the ignition is
in the Off position, a relay is deactivated in 10 to 40 minutes cutting
power to the interior lights.
A fail-safe cooling system lets Mustang be driven under limited
power for short distances if engine coolant is lost, eliminating the
cost and inconvenience of towing. If the coolant level sensor reads
below a critical level, the engine computer module switches the engine
to an emergency limp-home mode, in which only half the cylinders get
fuel. With only half the cylinders firing, the engine operates at lower
power and generates much less heat. The cylinders alternate between
even- and odd-firing pistons in this mode. The engine can move the
vehicle at moderate speeds (up to about 50 mph).
Keeping Mustang Where It
Mustang has an optional,
active anti-theft package aimed at combating high performance-car
insurance premiums. The package includes:
Mustang employs a separate, remotely located alarm sounder in
conjunction with the traffic horn, making it harder for thieves to
disable the system and make off with the car or its contents.
An inclination-sensing module records the vehicle's angle of
inclination when the anti-theft system is armed. If the sensor detects a
change in vehicle inclination, it sends a signal to the alarm system,
which triggers a the separate alarm sounder and traffic horn and flashes
the car's lights to guard against tow-away thefts.
Interior Motion Sensor
To detect "smash-and-grab" break-ins, an ultrasonic
interior-motion sensor is designed to detect motion inside the vehicle
cabin. If an intrusion is detected, the alarm sounder and traffic horn
are activated and the exterior lights flash to frighten would-be
Perimeter anti-theft sensors also detect the opening of the
hood, doors or trunk when the anti-theft system is armed. If the vehicle
is parked and the window rolled down, for example, the alarm is sounded
if a would-be-thief tries to open the door to gain access to the car.
Open & Close
Another feature included with the active anti-theft system
allows global opening and closing of the vehicle windows. This feature
allows the windows to be opened using the remote transmitter or opened &
closed by turning the key in the driver door key cylinder, making it
easier to properly secure the vehicle.
A 60-ampere-hour battery is capable of sounding the alarm
longer. This more powerful battery lends an extra measure of authority
to the active anti-theft system and helps prevent battery run-down from
use of Mustang's powerful audio system while the engine is off.