Applies to 2006-07 models built after December 2005
|Structure and safety cage|
|Driver injury measures|
|Rear passenger injury measures|
|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.
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.
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 vehicle||2006 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT|
|Weight|| 4,348 lbs.|
|Side airbags||head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats|
|Engine||3.8 L V6|
|EPA ratings||18 mpg city / 25 mpg highway|
How this test is conducted
Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side
|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.
Driver injury measures
|Lateral deflection (mm)||34|
|Lateral force (kN)||2.1|
|Maximum deflection (mm)||57|
|Average deflection (mm)||43|
|Maximum deflection rate (m/s)||5.58|
|Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)||1.30|
|Iliac force (kN)||1.2|
|Acetabulum force (kN)||1.8|
|Combined force (kN)||3.1|
Passenger injury measures
|Lateral deflection (mm)||28|
|Lateral force (kN)||1.2|
|Maximum deflection (mm)||35|
|Average deflection (mm)||24|
|Maximum deflection rate (m/s)||6.15|
|Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)||0.87|
|Iliac force (kN)||0.2|
|Acetabulum force (kN)||0.0|
|Combined force (kN)||0.2|