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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier

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  • Moderate overlap front
    P
  • Head restraints & seats
    P
1995 Chevrolet Cavalier shown
1995 Chevrolet Cavalier shown
1
Side airbags: front seat-mounted torso airbags (optional on 2003-05 models)
2
Antilock brakes (optional on 2003-05 models, standard on 1995-2002 models)
3
Daytime running lights (1996-2005 models)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2005
P
P
2004
P
P
2003
P
P
2002
P
P
2001
P
P
2000
P
1999
P
1998
P
1997
P
1996
P
1995
P

Applies to 1995-2005 models

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

The Chevrolet Cavalier and the Pontiac Sunfire were redesigned for the 1995 model year. The Sunfire sedan was dropped after the 2002 model year, and the Cavalier was dropped after the 2005 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the neck, chest, and right 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 window sill, indicating that injuries to the head would be possible. Forces on the left tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be likely. Head acceleration from the B-pillar hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. The dummy rotated around the left side of the airbag and, during rebound, the right rear of the dummy's head hit the window sill, denting it. Then the dummy's head hit the B-pillar.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1995 Chevrolet Cavalier 4-door
Weight 2,716 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase104 in.
Length180 in.
Width67 in.
Engine2.2 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings25 mpg city / 32 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF95014
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)23
Left (cm)35
Center (cm)30
Right (cm)24
Brake pedal (cm)26
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)16
Right (cm)12
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)7
Rearward (cm)-11
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)16

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF95014
Head
HIC-15313
Peak gs at hard contact70
Neck
Tension (kN)1.7
Extension bending moment (Nm)41
Maximum Nij 0.40
Chest maximum compression (mm)32
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)3.7
Femur force - right (kN)2.5
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left1.18
Maximum tibia index - right0.66
Tibia axial force - left (kN)3.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN)4.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left82
Right58

Applies to 2001-05 models

Overall evaluation
P
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
P
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

All seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeAll seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)115
Distance below top of head (mm)130
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)
Head contact time (ms)
Force rating
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)
Max neck tension (N)

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