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2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Small car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    P
1
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 contact19.000000
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 2006-10 models

Overall evaluation
P
Dynamic rating
P
Seat/head restraint geometry
A
Important: Head restraints & seats ratings 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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