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1999 Buick Regal

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  • Moderate overlap front
    A
1
Side airbags: driver seat-mounted combination head and torso airbag (optional, 2000-05 Buick Century and 2000-04 Regal models)
2
Built-in child restraints (optional on 1997-98 Grand Prix models and 1997-98 Century/Regal models)
3
Electronic stability control (optional, 2000-02 Oldsmobile Intrigue models)
4
Antilock brakes (optional on 2003-05 models, standard on all 1997-2002 models)
5
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
G
G
G
G
2013
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
G
2004
A
P
2003
A
P
2002
A
P
2001
A
P
2000
A
1999
A
1998
A
1997
A

Applies to 1997-2004 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 1999 Buick Regal is a twin of the tested vehicle.

The Pontiac Grand Prix and Buick Century and Regal were redesigned for the 1997 model year, and the Oldsmobile Intrigue was introduced in the 1998 model year.

The Intrigue was dropped after the 2002 model year, the Regal after the 2004 model year, and the Century after the 2005 model year. The Grand Prix was redesigned for the 2004 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. Forces on the dummy's head that occurred when the head moved forward into the airbag indicate that injuries to the head would be possible. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible. Head acceleration from the B-pillar hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy moved toward the driver door and its head hit the B-pillar.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 4-door
Weight 3,466 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase110 in.
Length196 in.
Width73 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 IDCF96027
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)14
Left (cm)23
Center (cm)20
Right (cm)15
Brake pedal (cm)16
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)9
Right (cm)9
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)13
Rearward (cm)-5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)6

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF96027
Head
HIC-15627
Peak gs at hard contact66
Neck
Tension (kN)2.2
Extension bending moment (Nm)46
Maximum Nij 0.47
Chest maximum compression (mm)34
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)2.4
Femur force - right (kN)3.7
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.61
Maximum tibia index - right0.75
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left71
Right61

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