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Does the '97 have a "side impact protection system", this is usually a steel beam along the length of the door braced in such a way as to minimize side impact injury to the occupants? I could not fiind any crash safety tests for the latest Birds KF4sign (Warren)
 

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According to the Department Of Transportation:

Ford Thunderbird/Mercury Cougar 2-door
TTI(d) test history:
1995 70.5 1 12037 FORD T-BIRD 113, 89-98
1997 69.5 1 12037 FORD T-BIRD 113, 89-98
2002 37.6 1 COMBINATION 12044 FORD T-BIRD 107.2, 2002-
Initial FMVSS 214 certification: 1995
Vehicle modifications (IR): 1995 Thunderbird received structural reinforcement in the body side structure, padding in the door trim panel (no picture, unclear if these were moderate or minor changes).
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Testing results can be found in these two documents:
http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/810748.pdf
http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/Esv/esv16/98S11O12.PDF
 

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It does - but it's also the car's weak point safety-wise. IIRC the worst place for a side impact is the rear seat footwells.
 

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Thanks guys, you obviously went deeper than I did. I guess the sites that have resale values and safety reports don't have it all. I asked because I know someone who knows someone who is thinking about suing Ford following a side impact accident in a T-bird. KF4sign (Warren)
 

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It does - but it's also the car's weak point safety-wise. IIRC the worst place for a side impact is the rear seat footwells.
Yup and rust will severely exacerbate that weakness. Don't know if the car in question had any(probably not in FL) but losing an entire boxed member like a rocker will be very bad in an accident
 
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