Applies to 2008-10 models
|Structure and safety cage|
|Driver injury measures|
|Rear passenger injury measures|
|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.
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.
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 vehicle||2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser LX wagon|
|Weight|| 3,148 lbs.|
|Side airbags||standard front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags|
|Engine||2.4 L 4-cylinder|
|EPA ratings||19 mpg city / 24 mpg highway|
How this test is conducted
Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side
|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.
Driver injury measures
|Lateral deflection (mm)||62|
|Lateral force (kN)||4.1|
|Maximum deflection (mm)||54|
|Average deflection (mm)||45|
|Maximum deflection rate (m/s)||8.03|
|Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)||1.84|
|Iliac force (kN)||4.2|
|Acetabulum force (kN)||2.8|
|Combined force (kN)||6.4|
Passenger injury measures
|Lateral deflection (mm)||43|
|Lateral force (kN)||1.3|
|Maximum deflection (mm)||43|
|Average deflection (mm)||22|
|Maximum deflection rate (m/s)||5.53|
|Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)||0.52|
|Iliac force (kN)||3.0|
|Acetabulum force (kN)||4.1|
|Combined force (kN)||6.3|