Applies to 2008-15 models
|Structure and safety cage|
|Restraints and dummy kinematics|
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
The 2009 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.
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.
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 vehicle||2014 Chrysler Town & Country Touring|
|Weight|| 4,580 lbs.|
|Side airbags||head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and front seat-mounted torso airbags |
|Engine||3.6 L V6|
|EPA ratings||17 mpg city / 25 mpg highway|
How this test is conducted
Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side
|Lower hinge pillar max (cm)||39|
|Lower occupant compartment|
|Left toepan (cm)||18|
|Brake pedal (cm)||20|
|Parking brake (cm)||36|
|Rocker panel lateral average (cm)||20|
|Upper hinge pillar max (cm)||35|
|Upper occupant compartment|
|Upper dash (cm)||39|
|Lower instrument panel (cm)||33|
Driver injury measures
|Peak gs at hard contact||not meas. |
|Tension (kN)||1.6 |
|Extension bending moment (Nm)||18 |
|Maximum Nij ||0.35 |
|Chest maximum compression (mm)||11 |
|Knee displacement (mm)|
|Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)|
|Maximum tibia index|
|Tibia axial force (kN)|
|Foot acceleration (g)|