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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 4-door sedan shown
2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 4-door sedan shown
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side with optional side airbags
    A
  • Side without optional side airbags
    P
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2010
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
A
P
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
A
P
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
A
P
G
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
A
P
G
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
A
P
G
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2005-10 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
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 Chevrolet Cobalt was introduced in the 2005 model year as a replacement for the Cavalier and was discontinued after the 2010 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 roof rail hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof rail.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 4-door
Weight 2,813 lbs.
Side airbags none
Wheelbase 103 in.
Length 180 in.
Width 68 in.
Engine 2.2 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 24 mpg city / 32 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0501
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 9
Left (cm) 14
Center (cm) 19
Right (cm) 13
Brake pedal (cm) 9
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 6
Right (cm) 6
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 6
Rearward (cm) 3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 3

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0501
Head
HIC-15 231
Peak gs at hard contact 24
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 29
Maximum Nij 0.36
Chest maximum compression (mm) 25
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.0
Femur force - right (kN) 1.4
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.39
Maximum tibia index - right 0.76
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 62
Right 84

Applies to 2005-09 models

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
M
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
M
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Chevrolet Cobalt was introduced in the 2005 model year as a replacement for the Cavalier.

Two tests of a Cobalt were conducted, one with an optional side airbag for the driver and rear passenger, and one without. These vehicles are rated separately, except that the structural ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.

Beginning with 2008 models, side airbags were made standard, except in cars sold to fleet buyers that could still be ordered without side airbags. Caution: This means that when fleet vehicles without side airbags are eventually sold, they will be available to retail purchasers.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 4-door
Weight 2,826 lbs.
Side airbags optional front and rear head curtain airbags
Wheelbase 103 in.
Length 180 in.
Width 68 in.
Engine 2.2 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 24 mpg city / 32 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0501 CES0502
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-2.0 -2.0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0501
Head HIC-15 620
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Compression (kN) 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 53
Lateral force (kN) 2.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 43
Average deflection (mm) 30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 6.72
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 1.26
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.6
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.0
Combined force (kN) 4.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 78
A-P moment (Nm) 35

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0501
Head HIC-15 185
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.5
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 39
Lateral force (kN) 2.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32
Average deflection (mm) 25
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.06
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.49
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.0
Combined force (kN) 3.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 105
A-P moment (Nm) 52

Applies to 2005-09 models

Overall evaluation
P
Structure and safety cage
M
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
P
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
A
Head protection
P
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
M
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Chevrolet Cobalt was introduced in the 2005 model year as a replacement for the Cavalier.

Two tests of a Cobalt were conducted, one with an optional side airbag for the driver and rear passenger, and one without. These vehicles are rated separately, except that the structural ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.

Beginning with 2008 models, side airbags were made standard, except in cars sold to fleet buyers that could still be ordered without side airbags. Caution: This means that when fleet vehicles without side airbags are eventually sold, they will be available to retail purchasers.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that serious skull fracture and/or brain injuries would be likely in a crash of this severity. A fracture of the pelvis also would be possible.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was hit by the intruding barrier, producing high head injury measures.

Passenger — The dummy's head was hit by the window frame and window sill of the rear passenger door. These impacts did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection is inadequate.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 4-door
Weight 2,826 lbs.
Side airbags optional front and rear head curtain airbags
Wheelbase 103 in.
Length 180 in.
Width 68 in.
Engine 2.2 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 24 mpg city / 32 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0501 CES0502
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-2.0 -2.0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0502
Head HIC-15 1,604
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.7
Compression (kN) 0.9
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 53
Lateral force (kN) 1.9
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 39
Average deflection (mm) 33
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 6.43
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.99
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.2
Combined force (kN) 5.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.2
L-M moment (Nm) 74
A-P moment (Nm) -30

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0502
Head HIC-15 438
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.7
Compression (kN) 0.6
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 40
Lateral force (kN) 2.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 34
Average deflection (mm) 31
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.40
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.52
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.4
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.6
Combined force (kN) 3.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 96
A-P moment (Nm) 33

Applies to 2005-10 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
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 type All seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 38
Distance below top of head (mm) 50
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 9.8
Head contact time (ms) 64
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 35
Max neck tension (N) 653
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags (standard beginning with 2008 models for retail purchase, optional in all 2005-07 models and in 2008-09 models originally sold to fleets)
2
Electronic stability control (optional beginning with 2008 models)
3
Antilock brakes (optional)
4
Daytime running lights

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