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1997 Dodge Grand Caravan

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  • Moderate overlap front
    M
1996 Dodge Grand Caravan shown
1996 Dodge Grand Caravan shown
1
Built-in child restraints (optional)
2
Antilock brakes (standard on Town & Country models, optional on Grand Caravan and Grand Voyager models)
3
Daytime running lights (optional on 1999-2000 Grand Caravan and Grand Voyager models sold to fleets)
Model year Front overlap SideRoof strengthHead restraints & seatsFront crash prevention
SmallModerate
2015
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2014
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
P
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
P
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
P
G
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2008
P
G
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2007
A
A
P
A
Crash avoidance rating
2006
A
A
P
A
Crash avoidance rating
2005
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
2004
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
2003
A
Crash avoidance rating
2002
A
Crash avoidance rating
2001
P
Crash avoidance rating
2000
M
Crash avoidance rating
1999
M
Crash avoidance rating
1998
M
Crash avoidance rating
1997
M
Crash avoidance rating
1996
M
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 1996-2000 models

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

The Dodge Grand Caravan, the Plymouth Grand Voyager, and the Chrysler Town & Country were redesigned for the 1996 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 both tibias indicate that injuries to the lower legs would be likely.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. There was too much movement upward of the steering wheel.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1996 Dodge Grand Caravan SE
Weight 4,045 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase119 in.
Length200 in.
Width76 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 ID
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)17
Left (cm)28
Center (cm)32
Right (cm)29
Brake pedal (cm)30
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)-9
Right (cm)-9
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)12
Rearward (cm)4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)5

Driver injury measures

Test ID
Head
HIC-15534
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)2.1
Extension bending moment (Nm)28
Maximum Nij 0.38
Chest maximum compression (mm)36
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)7.1
Femur force - right (kN)5.9
Knee displacement - left (mm)4
Knee displacement - right (mm)3
Maximum tibia index - left1.92
Maximum tibia index - right1.93
Tibia axial force - left (kN)3.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left142
Right157

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