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2006 Chevrolet Malibu

Midsize moderately priced car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side without optional side airbags
    P
  • Side with additional optional side airbags
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    A
2005 Chevrolet Malibu shown
2005 Chevrolet Malibu shown
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags with front seat-mounted torso airbags (optional in 2005-06 models)
2
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags (optional, 2004 models only)
3
Antilock brakes (optional)
4
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
G
G
G
G
G
2013
M
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
G
2010
G
G
G
G
2009
G
G
G
M
2008
G
G
G
M
2007
G
G
A
2006
G
G
P
A
2005
G
G
P
A
2004
G
G
P
A

Applies to 2004-07 models

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

The Chevrolet Malibu was redesigned for the 2004 model year. The earlier design remained in production through the 2005 model year, but was called the Chevrolet Classic and was sold only to fleets.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the neck, chest, and left 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 steering wheel through the airbag, indicating that head injuries would be possible. Forces on the right foot were high, indicating that injuries to the foot would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy moved back into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4-door
Weight 3,183 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase106 in.
Length188 in.
Width70 in.
Engine3.5 L V6
EPA ratings23 mpg city / 32 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0406
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)4
Left (cm)7
Center (cm)7
Right (cm)7
Brake pedal (cm)1
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)2
Right (cm)2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-3
Rearward (cm)-1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0406
Head
HIC-15490
Peak gs at hard contact93.000000
Neck
Tension (kN)1.5
Extension bending moment (Nm)16
Maximum Nij 0.31
Chest maximum compression (mm)33
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.9
Femur force - right (kN)2.0
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.39
Maximum tibia index - right0.73
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.5
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left51
Right152

Applies to 2004-06 models

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

The Chevrolet Malibu was redesigned for the 2004 model year. The earlier design remained in production through the 2005 model year, but was called the Chevrolet Classic and was sold only to fleets.

All 2004-06 Malibu models manufactured after February 2004 include front door trim panel changes to improve occupant protection in side-impact crashes. (Chevrolet reported that these door trim panel changes would not significantly affect side-impact performance in models without side airbags; therefore the overall side impact rating for all 2004 and later models without side airbags is the same.)

Two tests of a 2004 Malibu were conducted, one with an optional side airbag for the driver and rear passenger, and one without. A third test of a Malibu, a 2005 model, was conducted because the side airbags were changed beginning with 2005 models. These three Malibus are rated separately, except that the structural ratings for the three vehicles are based on all three tests.

Beginning with 2007 models, side curtain airbags designed to protect drivers' and front and rear passengers' heads became standard, but side airbags designed to protect drivers' and front passengers' torsos remained optional.

Injury measures

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

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 sill and window frame of the rear passenger door, producing moderately high head injury measures. Hitting the window areas should be prevented.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4-door
Weight 3,254 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase106 in.
Length188 in.
Width70 in.
Engine3.5 L V6
EPA ratings23 mpg city / 32 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0404CES0403CES0509
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.
-5.0-5.0-5.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0404
Head HIC-151,606
Neck
Tension (kN)2.0
Compression (kN)1.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)51
Lateral force (kN)2.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)48
Average deflection (mm)39
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)8.12
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)1.49
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.8
Acetabulum force (kN)3.8
Combined force (kN)6.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.8
L-M moment (Nm)129
A-P moment (Nm) 42

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0404
Head HIC-15722
Neck
Tension (kN)1.9
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)35
Lateral force (kN)1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)38
Average deflection (mm)30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.63
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.61
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.1
Acetabulum force (kN)2.5
Combined force (kN)3.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.3
L-M moment (Nm)124
A-P moment (Nm) 31

Applies to 2005-07 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
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 Malibu was redesigned for the 2004 model year. The earlier design remained in production through the 2005 model year, but was called the Chevrolet Classic and was sold only to fleets.

Two previous tests of a 2004 Malibu were conducted, one with an optional side curtain airbag for the driver and rear passenger, and one without. In the 2005-06 models, side airbags designed to protect drivers' and front passengers' torsos were added to the optional side curtain airbags previously available. Beginning with 2007 models, side curtain airbags became standard, but side torso airbags remained optional.

The three tested vehicles are rated separately, except that structural ratings for the vehicles are based on the two previous tests plus the latest test. Also, the rear passenger injury and head protection ratings are based on the two tests with side airbags.

Injury measures

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

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummies in tests of both the 2005 and 2004 models with side airbags 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 and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — In each of the two tests with side airbags, 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 (test of 2005 model shown).

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4-door
Weight 3,258 lbs.
Side airbagsoptional front and rear head curtain airbags and optional front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length188 in.
Width70 in.
Engine3.5 L V6
EPA ratings22 mpg city / 32 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0404CES0403CES0509
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.
-5.0-5.0-5.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0509
Head HIC-15292
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Compression (kN)0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)45
Lateral force (kN)1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)32
Average deflection (mm)28
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)5.04
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.59
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.6
Acetabulum force (kN)3.4
Combined force (kN)4.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.7
L-M moment (Nm)89
A-P moment (Nm) 29

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0403CES0509
Head HIC-1594174
Neck
Tension (kN)0.10.9
Compression (kN)0.50.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)3429
Lateral force (kN)1.51.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)3635
Average deflection (mm)2827
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.843.89
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.610.58
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.60.8
Acetabulum force (kN)2.02.4
Combined force (kN)2.12.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.50.5
L-M moment (Nm)177165
A-P moment (Nm) -4335

Applies to 2004-07 models

Overall evaluation
A
Dynamic rating
A
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)32
Distance below top of head (mm)52
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)12.1
Head contact time (ms)71
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)14
Max neck tension (N)732

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