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2008 Dodge Grand Caravan

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    P
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    M
2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
1
Side airbags: head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats (standard in all models) and front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard beginning with 2011 models)
2
Driver knee airbag: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes (beginning with 2011 models)
3
Built-in child restraints (optional)
4
Electronic stability control
5
Antilock brakes
6
Daytime running lights (standard on Routan, optional on Grand Caravan and Town & Country fleet vehicles only)
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 2008-15 models

Overall evaluation
P
Structure and safety cage
P
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
P
Lower leg/foot
P
Restraints and dummy kinematics
M
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan is a twin of the tested vehicle.

The Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan were redesigned for the 2008 model year, and the Volkswagen Routan was introduced in the 2009 model year and discontinued after the 2012 model year.

Structure

The driver's space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. Lower interior intrusion measured as much as 39 cm at the lower hinge pillar. The parking brake pedal was pushed back 36 cm into the dummy's left lower leg. Upper interior intrusion measured as much as 39 cm at the instrument panel and 35 cm at the hinge pillar. The door sill was pushed in laterally 20 cm toward the driver, and the steering column was pushed back 17 cm.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left hip, left knee, and left lower leg would be likely in a crash of this severity. Injuries to the right lower leg would also be possible, but head injury risk from the instrument panel hit was low. The dummy's left lower leg skin was gouged and torn by the intruding parking brake pedal, and the left knee skin was torn by a steel brace underlying the knee bolster.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 22 cm to the right, resulting in little airbag cushioning for the chest and contributing to the head hitting the intruding instrument panel. The side curtain airbag deployed but does not have sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag deployed.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2014 Chrysler Town & Country Touring
Weight 4,580 lbs.
Side airbagshead curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase121 in.
Length203 in.
Width79 in.
Engine3.6 L V6
EPA ratings17 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1438
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)39
Footrest (cm)25
Lower occupant compartment
Left toepan (cm)18
Brake pedal (cm)20
Parking brake (cm)36
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)20
Steering column17
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)35
Upper occupant compartment
Upper dash (cm)39
Lower instrument panel (cm)33

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1438
Head
HIC-15230
Peak gs at hard contactnot meas.
Neck
Tension (kN)1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm)18
Maximum Nij 0.35
Chest maximum compression (mm)11
Femur (kN)
Left13.4
Right4.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left19
Right7
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left100
Right1
Maximum tibia index
Left2.29
Right0.90
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left3.5
Right3.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left115
Right43

Applies to 2008-15 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 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country were redesigned for the 2008 model year, and the Volkswagen Routan was introduced in the 2009 model year and discontinued after the 2012 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head acceleration from the roof rail/B-pillar hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof rail and B-pillar.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
Weight 4,456 lbs.
Side airbagshead curtain airbags for all three rows of seats
Wheelbase121 in.
Length203 in.
Width77 in.
Engine3.8 L V6
EPA ratings16 mpg city / 23 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0806
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)11
Left (cm)14
Center (cm)12
Right (cm)9
Brake pedal (cm)7
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)2
Right (cm)2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)2
Rearward (cm)4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0806
Head
HIC-15249
Peak gs at hard contact17
Neck
Tension (kN)1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm)14
Maximum Nij 0.28
Chest maximum compression (mm)32
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)4.9
Femur force - right (kN)2.6
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)5
Maximum tibia index - left0.38
Maximum tibia index - right0.66
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left68
Right55

Applies to 2008-10 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
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 2008 model year, and the Volkswagen Routan was introduced in the 2009 model year.

Injury measures

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

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 vehicle2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SE
Weight 4,387 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats
Wheelbase121 in.
Length203 in.
Width77 in.
Engine3.3 L V6
EPA ratings17 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0813
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.
-8.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0813
Head HIC-15367
Neck
Tension (kN)2.0
Compression (kN)0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)36
Lateral force (kN)2.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)47
Average deflection (mm)34
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.97
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.65
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)3.0
Acetabulum force (kN)2.2
Combined force (kN)4.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.8
L-M moment (Nm)107
A-P moment (Nm) 19

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0813
Head HIC-1584
Neck
Tension (kN)0.4
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)28
Lateral force (kN)1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)37
Average deflection (mm)23
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)5.14
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.89
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.2
Acetabulum force (kN)3.4
Combined force (kN)3.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.1
L-M moment (Nm)131
A-P moment (Nm) -45

Applies to 2008-09 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

Power cloth seats with manual adjustable lumbar

How this test is conducted

Seat typePower cloth seats with manual adjustable lumbar
Geometry
Backset (mm)30
Distance below top of head (mm)32
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)12.0
Head contact time (ms)85
Force ratingModerate
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)219
Max neck tension (N)680

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