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1998 Acura RL

Large luxury car
  • Moderate overlap front
    A
1
Side airbags: front seat-mounted torso airbags (1999-2004 models)
2
Electronic stability control (2000-04 models)
3
Antilock brakes
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2012
G
G
M
G
2011
G
G
M
G
2010
G
G
M
G
2009
G
G
M
G
2008
G
G
M
M
2007
G
G
M
M
2006
G
G
M
M
2005
G
G
M
M
2004
A
P
2003
A
P
2002
A
P
2001
A
P
2000
A
1999
A
1998
A
1997
A
1996
A

Applies to 1996-2004 models

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
A
Injury measures
Head/neck
A
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
A
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Acura RL was introduced in the 1996 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the neck, chest, and left leg indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the B-pillar, indicating that injuries to the head would be possible. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the B-pillar and shoulder belt upper anchorage.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2002 Acura 3.5RL 4-door
Weight 3,840 lbs.
Side airbagsfront seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase115 in.
Length197 in.
Width72 in.
Engine3.5 L V6
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0224
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)13
Left (cm)15
Center (cm)24
Right (cm)17
Brake pedal (cm)13
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)5
Right (cm)6
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)9
Rearward (cm)-4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0224
Head
HIC-15356
Peak gs at hard contact136
Neck
Tension (kN)1.8
Extension bending moment (Nm)22
Maximum Nij 0.31
Chest maximum compression (mm)37
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.8
Femur force - right (kN)1.4
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.43
Maximum tibia index - right0.86
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left74
Right79

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