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2002 Chrysler Town & Country

Minivan
  • Moderate overlap front
    A
1
Side airbags: head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats (optional, beginning with 2005 models)
2
Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags (optional, 2002-04 models)
3
Driver inflatable knee bolster: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes (beginning with 2006 models)
4
Built-in child restraints (optional)
5
Antilock brakes
6
Daytime running lights (optional on vehicles sold to fleets)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
G
G
G
G
2013
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
2010
G
G
G
2009
G
G
M
2008
G
G
M
2007
A
A
P
A
2006
A
A
P
A
2005
A
A
2004
A
A
2003
A
2002
A
2001
P
2000
M
1999
M
1998
M
1997
M
1996
M

Applies to 2002-07 models

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

The 2002 Chrysler Town & Country is a twin of the tested vehicle.

The Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country were redesigned for the 2001 model year.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of the Grand Caravan in three 40 mph frontal offset crash tests into deformable barriers. After the first test, DaimlerChrysler indicated the results were different from tests the company had conducted and requested a retest.

Results of the second test were more consistent with company test results for structural performance, but the amount and pattern of intrusion were similar. More significantly, a fuel leak occurred, revealing a weakness in the design of a circular fitting where the fuel lines exit the fuel tank. Further examination of the fitting in the van tested first showed stress fractures in the same area as the leak in the second van.

A third test was conducted after DaimlerChrysler made a design change to fix the fuel tank fitting and retrofitted a 2001 model with the redesign (all 2002 and later models include the modification). Examination of the redesigned fitting after the third test indicated no damage.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the neck and chest in all three tests indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag in the first and second tests, indicating that injuries to the head would be possible. Forces on the left femur indicate that injuries to the upper leg would be possible in the first and third tests. Forces on the right tibia and foot indicate that injuries to the lower leg and foot would be likely in all three tests.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled in all three tests, except there was too much upward steering wheel movement in the second test.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport
Weight 4,224 lbs.
Side airbagsfront seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags (in first and third vans tested, none in second van tested)
Wheelbase119 in.
Length200 in.
Width79 in.
Engine3.3 L V6
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0102CEF0111CF00028
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)7910
Left (cm)141924
Center (cm)212426
Right (cm)202226
Brake pedal (cm)141723
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)014
Right (cm)124
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)1198
Rearward (cm)520
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)122

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0102CEF0111CF00028
Head
HIC-15602456587
Peak gs at hard contact81.000000no contact71.000000
Neck
Tension (kN)2.0 1.9 1.8
Extension bending moment (Nm)30 19 18
Maximum Nij 0.43 0.41 0.38
Chest maximum compression (mm)34 41 51
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)5.2 7.7 7.2
Femur force - right (kN)1.9 1.6 2.1
Knee displacement - left (mm)1 0 0
Knee displacement - right (mm)3 2 2
Maximum tibia index - left0.60 0.48 0.68
Maximum tibia index - right1.70 1.27 1.06
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.81.20.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN)9.36.67.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left635971
Right142134273

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