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2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    P
  • Head restraints & seats
    P
2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser shown
2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser shown
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Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags (standard beginning with 2008 models, optional in 2001-07 models)
2
Driver inflatable knee bolster: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes (beginning with 2006 models)
3
Antilock brakes (optional)
4
Daytime running lights (optional on fleet vehicles only)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2010
G
P
P
2009
G
P
P
2008
G
P
P
2007
G
P
2006
G
P

Applies to 2006-10 models

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

The Chrysler PT Cruiser was introduced in the 2001 model year. Beginning with 2006 models, an inflatable knee bolster was added to the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries to drivers in frontal crashes. The car was discontinued after the 2010 model year.

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 left tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

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

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser LX wagon
Weight 3,137 lbs.
Side airbagsfront seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags
Wheelbase103 in.
Length169 in.
Width67 in.
Engine2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings19 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0824
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)13
Left (cm)21
Center (cm)19
Right (cm)15
Brake pedal (cm)14
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)3
Right (cm)2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)9
Rearward (cm)5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0824
Head
HIC-15277
Peak gs at hard contact19
Neck
Tension (kN)2.0
Extension bending moment (Nm)31
Maximum Nij 0.38
Chest maximum compression (mm)33
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)2.0
Femur force - right (kN)3.8
Knee displacement - left (mm)2
Knee displacement - right (mm)6
Maximum tibia index - left0.89
Maximum tibia index - right0.66
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left67
Right143

Applies to 2008-10 models

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

The Chrysler PT Cruiser was introduced in the 2001 model year. Beginning with 2008 models, side airbags were made standard (they had been optional in 2001-07 models), and the rear door trim panels and rear seat belt mounting locations were modified to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. car was discontinued after the 2010 model year.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be likely in a crash of this severity. Even though the side airbag protected the dummy’s head from being hit by the intruding barrier, head and neck injuries still would be possible, as well as a fracture of the pelvis. In addition, loading to the shoulder was excessive.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that serious neck injuries and a fracture of the pelvis would be possible 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 airbag that deployed from the seat. Still, moderately high head and neck injury measures were recorded.

Passenger — The dummy's head was hit by the pillar behind the rear passenger door. This pillar is required by federal standard to provide some protection for occupants' heads.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser LX wagon
Weight 3,148 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags
Wheelbase103 in.
Length169 in.
Width67 in.
Engine2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings19 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0852
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.
-8.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0852
Head HIC-15707
Neck
Tension (kN)2.3
Compression (kN)0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)62
Lateral force (kN)4.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)54
Average deflection (mm)45
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)8.03
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)1.84
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)4.2
Acetabulum force (kN)2.8
Combined force (kN)6.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.1
L-M moment (Nm)191
A-P moment (Nm) -34

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0852
Head HIC-15691
Neck
Tension (kN)0.6
Compression (kN)1.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)43
Lateral force (kN)1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)43
Average deflection (mm)22
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)5.53
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.52
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)3.0
Acetabulum force (kN)4.1
Combined force (kN)6.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.7
L-M moment (Nm)102
A-P moment (Nm) 40

Applies to 2006-10 models

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

Seat type

Manual cloth seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)83
Distance below top of head (mm)52
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)14.1
Head contact time (ms)90
Force ratingHigh
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)342
Max neck tension (N)918

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