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1996 Cadillac Seville

Large luxury car
  • Moderate overlap front
    P
1
Antilock brakes
2
Daytime running lights (beginning with 1996 models)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2004
G
P
2003
G
P
2002
G
P
2001
G
P
2000
G
1997
P
1996
P
1995
P
1994
P

Applies to 1993-97 models

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

The Cadillac Seville was redesigned for the 1992 model year. Frontal airbags for both the driver and passenger became standard beginning with the 1993 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, chest, and left leg indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be likely. Head acceleration from the window sill hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the window sill. There was too much rearward movement and far too much upward movement of the steering wheel.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1997 Cadillac Seville SLS 4-door
Weight 3,885 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase111 in.
Length204 in.
Width74 in.
Engine4.6 L V8
EPA ratings17 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF97001
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)21
Left (cm)31
Center (cm)37
Right (cm)31
Brake pedal (cm)31
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)16
Right (cm)16
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)15
Rearward (cm)-11
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)9

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF97001
Head
HIC-15214
Peak gs at hard contact60
Neck
Tension (kN)1.5
Extension bending moment (Nm)25
Maximum Nij 0.29
Chest maximum compression (mm)24
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)3.9
Femur force - right (kN)2.9
Knee displacement - left (mm)3
Knee displacement - right (mm)1
Maximum tibia index - left0.58
Maximum tibia index - right1.22
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left57
Right86

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