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2008 Chevrolet Malibu

Midsize moderately priced car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    M
Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
See below for ratings based on manufacture date.
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control (standard beginning with 2009 models, optional on 2008 models)
3
Antilock brakes
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 2008-12 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
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 2008 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by General Motors as part of frontal crash test verification.

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.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4-door
Weight 3,424 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase112 in.
Length192 in.
Width70 in.
Engine2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings22 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF0715
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)3
Left (cm)8
Center (cm)9
Right (cm)8
Brake pedal (cm)5
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)2
Right (cm)1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)3
Rearward (cm)3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF0715
Head
HIC-15370
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm)15
Maximum Nij 0.27
Chest maximum compression (mm)43
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.9
Femur force - right (kN)6.0
Knee displacement - left (mm)1
Knee displacement - right (mm)1
Maximum tibia index - left0.48
Maximum tibia index - right0.98
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left52
Right118

Applies to 2008-12 models built after February 2008

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 2008 model year. Beginning with 2008 models manufactured after February 2008, design changes were made to the front door trim panels to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

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 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 and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

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 vehicle2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 4-door
Weight 3,430 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase112 in.
Length192 in.
Width70 in.
Engine2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings22 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0811
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.
-9.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0811
Head HIC-15493
Neck
Tension (kN)1.2
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)48
Lateral force (kN)2.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)32
Average deflection (mm)30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.37
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.51
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.8
Acetabulum force (kN)3.1
Combined force (kN)4.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.5
L-M moment (Nm)62
A-P moment (Nm) 17

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0811
Head HIC-15249
Neck
Tension (kN)0.1
Compression (kN)0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)39
Lateral force (kN)2.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)36
Average deflection (mm)26
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.92
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.38
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.2
Acetabulum force (kN)3.0
Combined force (kN)3.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)159
A-P moment (Nm) 18

Applies to 2008-12 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,445 lbs
Peak force15,063 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio4.37
Tested vehicle
2009 Chevrolet Malibu 1LT 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2008-09 models

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

Seat type

Manual-power cloth seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual-power cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)64
Distance below top of head (mm)58
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)12.1
Head contact time (ms)92
Force ratingModerate
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)149
Max neck tension (N)775

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