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2003 Dodge Grand Caravan

Minivan
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    A

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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2016
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
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 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.

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

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 vehicle 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport
Weight 4,213 lbs.
Side airbags
Wheelbase 119 in.
Length 200 in.
Width 79 in.
Engine
EPA ratings 0 mpg city / 0 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0102 CEF0111 CF00028
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 7 9 10
Left (cm) 14 19 24
Center (cm) 21 24 26
Right (cm) 20 22 26
Brake pedal (cm) 14 17 23
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0 1 4
Right (cm) 1 2 4
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 11 9 8
Rearward (cm) -5 -2 0
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1 2 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0102 CEF0111 CF00028
Head
HIC-15 602 456 587
Peak gs at hard contact 81 no contact 71
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 - left 0.60 0.48 0.68
Maximum tibia index - right 1.70 1.27 1.06
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.8 1.2 0.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 9.3 6.6 7.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 63 59 71
Right 142 134 273
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)

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