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2004 Chevrolet Malibu/Classic

Midsize moderately priced car
  • Moderate overlap front
    A
  • Head restraints & seats
    P
1999 Chevrolet Malibu/Classic shown
1999 Chevrolet Malibu/Classic shown
1
Antilock brakes (optional on 2003-05 models, standard on 1997-2002 models)
2
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2005
A
P
2004
A
P
2003
A
P
2002
A
2001
A
2000
A
1999
A
1998
A
1997
A

Applies to 1997-2005 models

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

The Chevrolet Malibu and the Oldsmobile Cutlass were introduced in the 1997 model year. The Cutlass was discontinued after 1999, and the Malibu was renamed the Classic in the 2004 model year. The Classic was discontinued after 2005. Note: 2004-05 Classics were sold as new cars only to fleets.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest 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 possible. Head accelerations from the door and B-pillar hits were low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. During rebound, the dummy moved toward the driver door, which had bowed outward, and its head hit the inside of the door below the window sill. Then the head moved up and back and hit the B-pillar. Plus there was too much upward movement of the steering wheel.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1999 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door
Weight 3,058 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase107 in.
Length190 in.
Width69 in.
Engine3.1 L V6
EPA ratings20 mpg city / 29 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF99025
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)18
Left (cm)26
Center (cm)25
Right (cm)16
Brake pedal (cm)17
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)11
Right (cm)8
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)11
Rearward (cm)-5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)9

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF99025
Head
HIC-15466
Peak gs at hard contact25
Neck
Tension (kN)1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm)47
Maximum Nij 0.40
Chest maximum compression (mm)35
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)3.7
Femur force - right (kN)2.2
Knee displacement - left (mm)3
Knee displacement - right (mm)2
Maximum tibia index - left0.61
Maximum tibia index - right0.83
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left68
Right107

Applies to 2003-05 models

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

Seat type

Cloth seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeCloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)60
Distance below top of head (mm)90
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)

Applies to 2003-05 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

Leather seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeLeather seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)65
Distance below top of head (mm)105
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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