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2007 Dodge Grand Caravan

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  • Moderate overlap front
    A
  • Side without optional side airbags
    P
  • Side with optional side airbags
    A
  • Head restraints & seats
    A
2006 Dodge Grand Caravan shown
2006 Dodge Grand Caravan shown
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
2015
P
G
G
G
G
2014
P
G
G
G
G
2013
P
G
G
G
G
2012
P
G
G
G
G
2011
P
G
G
G
2010
P
G
G
G
2009
P
G
G
M
2008
P
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 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 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 - 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

Applies to 2006-07 models

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

The Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country were redesigned for the 2001 model year. A modification was made beginning with 2002 models to fix a fuel tank fitting that contributed to a fuel leak in one of the Institute's frontal offset tests of a 2001 model.

Beginning with 2006 models manufactured after December 2005, further changes including additional B-pillar reinforcements, a modified roof structure, side curtain airbag updates, and modified door trim panels were made to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

Two tests of the Grand Caravan were conducted, one with an optional side 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. The tested vans were manufactured after all modifications had been made.

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. Serious neck injuries would also be possible.

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. The high neck injury measures were recorded before the head was hit.

Passenger — The dummy's head was hit by the window frame of the rear passenger door. This impact did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection is inadequate.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2006 Dodge Grand Caravan SE
Weight 4,268 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase119 in.
Length201 in.
Width79 in.
Engine3.3 L V6
EPA ratings19 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0610CES0611
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.
-9.5-12.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0611
Head HIC-15383
Neck
Tension (kN)2.5
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)34
Lateral force (kN)2.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)57
Average deflection (mm)43
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)5.58
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)1.30
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.2
Acetabulum force (kN)1.8
Combined force (kN)3.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)48
A-P moment (Nm) 14

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0611
Head HIC-15102
Neck
Tension (kN)1.4
Compression (kN)0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)28
Lateral force (kN)1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)35
Average deflection (mm)24
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)6.15
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.87
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.2
Acetabulum force (kN)0.0
Combined force (kN)0.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.3
L-M moment (Nm)70
A-P moment (Nm) 18

Applies to 2006-07 models

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

The Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country were redesigned for the 2001 model year. A modification was made beginning with 2002 models to fix a fuel tank fitting that contributed to a fuel leak in one of the Institute's frontal offset tests of a 2001 model.

Beginning with 2006 models manufactured after December 2005, further changes including additional B-pillar reinforcements, a modified roof structure, side curtain airbag updates, and modified door trim panels were made to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

Two tests of the Grand Caravan were conducted, one with an optional side 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. The tested vans were manufactured after all modifications had been made.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that serious neck injuries would be possible in a crash of this severity. Rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would also be possible.

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 protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2006 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
Weight 4,348 lbs.
Side airbagshead curtain airbags for all three rows of seats
Wheelbase119 in.
Length201 in.
Width79 in.
Engine3.8 L V6
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0610CES0611
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.
-9.5-12.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0610
Head HIC-15273
Neck
Tension (kN)2.3
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)33
Lateral force (kN)2.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)54
Average deflection (mm)37
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.12
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)1.17
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.7
Acetabulum force (kN)2.3
Combined force (kN)4.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.3
L-M moment (Nm)51
A-P moment (Nm) -15

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0610
Head HIC-15100
Neck
Tension (kN)1.4
Compression (kN)0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)29
Lateral force (kN)0.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)36
Average deflection (mm)22
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)5.23
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.89
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.1
Acetabulum force (kN)3.4
Combined force (kN)3.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.6
L-M moment (Nm)97
A-P moment (Nm) 16

Applies to 2004-07 models

Overall evaluation
A
Dynamic rating
A
Seat/head restraint geometry
A
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Seats with adjustable lumbar

How this test is conducted

Seat typeSeats with adjustable lumbar
Geometry
Backset (mm)72
Distance below top of head (mm)78
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)9.6
Head contact time (ms)117
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)87
Max neck tension (N)635

Applies to 2004-07 models

Overall evaluation
P
Dynamic rating
P
Seat/head restraint geometry
A
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Seats without adjustable lumbar

How this test is conducted

Seat typeSeats without adjustable lumbar
Geometry
Backset (mm)82
Distance below top of head (mm)75
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)12.2
Head contact time (ms)101
Force ratingHigh
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)231
Max neck tension (N)900

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