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2001 Buick LeSabre

Large family car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
2000 Buick LeSabre shown
2000 Buick LeSabre shown
1
Side airbags: front seat-mounted torso airbags (optional, 2003-05 models; standard, 2000-02 models)
2
Electronic stability control (optional)
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2005
G
P
2004
G
P
2003
G
P
2002
G
2001
G
2000
G

Applies to 2000-05 models

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

The Buick LeSabre and Pontiac Bonneville were redesigned for the 2000 model year, and the Oldsmobile Aurora was redesigned for 2001. All 2000 and later Buick LeSabre models manufactured after April 1999 include structural changes to improve occupant protection in frontal crashes. All Bonneville and Aurora models include these same improvements (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of a LeSabre with the structural changes in a 40 mph frontal offset crash test into a deformable barrier.

The Oldsmobile Aurora was dropped after the 2003 model year, and the Buick LeSabre and Pontiac Bonneville were dropped after the 2005 model year. The LeSabre was replaced by the Buick Lucerne.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the neck, chest, and both legs 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 steering wheel through the airbag, indicating that injuries to the head would be possible. Head acceleration from the shoulder belt housing hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the shoulder belt housing.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2000 Buick LeSabre Custom 4-door
Weight 3,558 lbs.
Side airbagsfront seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase112 in.
Length200 in.
Width74 in.
Engine3.8 L V6
EPA ratings19 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF99015
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)12
Left (cm)18
Center (cm)18
Right (cm)15
Brake pedal (cm)9
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)3
Right (cm)3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)3
Rearward (cm)-2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF99015
Head
HIC-15409
Peak gs at hard contact75.000000
Neck
Tension (kN)1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm)16
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm)28
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)2.8
Femur force - right (kN)1.9
Knee displacement - left (mm)4
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.58
Maximum tibia index - right0.75
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left99
Right128

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