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1997 Cadillac Catera

Midsize luxury/near luxury car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
1
Side airbags: front seat-mounted torso airbags (beginning with 2000 models; optional, 1999 models).
2
Antilock brakes
3
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2001
G
2000
G
1999
G
1998
G
1997
G

Applies to 1997-2001 models

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

The Cadillac Catera was introduced in the 1997 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head acceleration from the steering wheel hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. The dummy's head bottomed out the airbag and hit the steering wheel.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1999 Cadillac Catera 4-door
Weight 3,847 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase108 in.
Length194 in.
Width70 in.
Engine3.0 L V6
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF99016
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)24
Left (cm)21
Center (cm)19
Right (cm)16
Brake pedal (cm)11
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)7
Right (cm)4
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)7
Rearward (cm)-5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)3

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF99016
Head
HIC-15148
Peak gs at hard contact46.000000
Neck
Tension (kN)1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm)18
Maximum Nij 0.32
Chest maximum compression (mm)36
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)3.3
Femur force - right (kN)2.6
Knee displacement - left (mm)1
Knee displacement - right (mm)1
Maximum tibia index - left0.74
Maximum tibia index - right0.64
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left113
Right68

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