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2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 4-door

Small car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    A
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 4-door shown
2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 4-door shown
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags (standard in 2010 models for retail and fleet buyers, standard in 2008-09 models for retail buyers, optional in all 2005-07 models and in 2008-09 models originally sold to fleets)
2
Electronic stability control (optional on 2008-10 models)
3
Antilock brakes (optional)
4
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2010
G
A
G
2009
G
A
P
G
2008
G
A
P
G
2007
G
A
P
G
2006
G
A
P
G
2005
G
A
P
G

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 vehicle2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 4-door
Weight 2,813 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase103 in.
Length178 in.
Width68 in.
Engine2.2 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings24 mpg city / 32 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0501
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 IDCEF0501
Head
HIC-15231
Peak gs at hard contact24.000000
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 - left0.39
Maximum tibia index - right0.76
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left62
Right84

Applies to 2010 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 and discontinued after the 2010 model year.

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.

In the 2008-09 model years, the 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. For the 2010 models, side airbags were made standard for retail and fleet buyers.

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 vehicle2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 4-door
Weight 2,826 lbs.
Side airbagsoptional front and rear head curtain airbags
Wheelbase103 in.
Length180 in.
Width68 in.
Engine2.2 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings24 mpg city / 32 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0501CES0502
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 IDCES0501
Head HIC-15620
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 IDCES0501
Head HIC-15185
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 2005-10 models

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

Seat type

All seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeAll seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)38
Distance below top of head (mm)50
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)9.8
Head contact time (ms)64
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)35
Max neck tension (N)653

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