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2009 Dodge Charger

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  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    P
  • Head restraints & seats
    M
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Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags (optional) with front seat-mounted torso airbags (optional beginning with 2008 models)
2
Electronic stability control (optional)
3
Antilock brakes (optional)
4
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
G
2010
G
M
M
2009
G
P
M
2008
G
P
M
2007
G
M
P
M
2006
G
M
P
M

Applies to 2006-10 models

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

The 2009 Dodge Charger is a twin of the tested vehicle.

The Chrysler 300 was introduced in the 2005 model year, and the Dodge Charger was introduced in the 2006 model year.

The frontal offset crash test ratings also apply to the station wagon version of the 300 and Charger: 2005-2008 models of the Dodge Magnum (discontinued after the 2008 model year).

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

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 vehicle2005 Chrysler 300 Touring 4-door
Weight 3,726 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase120 in.
Length197 in.
Width74 in.
Engine3.5 L V6
EPA ratings19 mpg city / 27 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0518
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)11
Left (cm)10
Center (cm)9
Right (cm)6
Brake pedal (cm)3
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)0
Rearward (cm)0
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0518
Head
HIC-15149
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm)14
Maximum Nij 0.30
Chest maximum compression (mm)34
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.5
Femur force - right (kN)1.0
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.24
Maximum tibia index - right0.50
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left47
Right61

Applies to 2006-09 models

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

The 2009 Dodge Charger is a twin of the tested vehicle.

The Chrysler 300 was introduced in the 2005 model year, and the Dodge Charger was introduced in the 2006 model year.

Two tests of a 2006 model 300 were conducted, one with an optional side curtain airbag for the driver and rear passenger, and one without. These vehicles are rated separately, except that the structural ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.

Beginning with 2008 models, optional side airbags designed to protect drivers' and front passengers' torsos were added to the optional side curtain airbags previously available; therefore the earlier test ratings with optional side airbags no longer apply to 2008 and later models.

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. A fracture of the pelvis would also be likely, and loading to the shoulder was excessive.

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 hit by the intruding barrier. This hit did not produce high head injury measures, but head impacts with intruding objects such as other vehicles, trees, and poles should be prevented.

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 vehicle2006 Chrysler 300 Touring 4-door
Weight 3,739 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase120 in.
Length197 in.
Width74 in.
Engine3.5 L V6
EPA ratings19 mpg city / 27 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0614CES0615
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.
-6.0-5.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0615
Head HIC-15608
Neck
Tension (kN)2.0
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)63
Lateral force (kN)2.9
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)67
Average deflection (mm)47
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)7.34
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)1.96
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)4.7
Acetabulum force (kN)3.5
Combined force (kN)8.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.5
L-M moment (Nm)110
A-P moment (Nm) 34

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0615
Head HIC-15327
Neck
Tension (kN)0.4
Compression (kN)1.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)19
Lateral force (kN)0.9
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)33
Average deflection (mm)22
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.84
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.54
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.8
Acetabulum force (kN)1.0
Combined force (kN)2.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.2
L-M moment (Nm)62
A-P moment (Nm) 29

Applies to 2006-10 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 leather seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual leather seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)35
Distance below top of head (mm)52
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)13.7
Head contact time (ms)59
Force ratingHigh
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)198
Max neck tension (N)1,045

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