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1997 Dodge Neon

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  • Moderate overlap front
    P
1
Built-in child restraints (optional, 1995-98 models only)
2
Antilock brakes (optional)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2005
M
P
P
2004
M
P
P
2003
M
P
P
2002
M
P
P
2001
M
P
P
2000
M
P
1999
P
1998
P
1997
P
1996
P
1995
P

Applies to 1995-99 models

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

The Dodge and Plymouth Neon were introduced in the 1995 model year.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of the Neon in two 40 mph frontal offset crash tests into a deformable barrier. In the first test of this car, the dummy's feet/ankles were an earlier design from the one used in tests of other small cars. A second test was conducted with a new foot/ankle design, and similar results were obtained. This evaluation is based on both tests, except leg/foot evaluations are based on the second test only.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. In the first test, head acceleration from hitting the steering wheel was low. In the second test, forces on the left tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be likely.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement wasn't well controlled during either test. There was too much rearward movement of the steering wheel during both tests, and, in the first test, this contributed to the dummy's head bottoming out the airbag and hitting the steering wheel. In the second test, the airbag didn't bottom out. Otherwise, dummy movement was similar in both tests.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1997 Dodge Neon Highline 4-door
Weight 2,588 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase104 in.
Length172 in.
Width68 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings25 mpg city / 34 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF97019
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)24
Left (cm)29
Center (cm)27
Right (cm)21
Brake pedal (cm)27
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)14
Right (cm)11
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)2
Rearward (cm)-13
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)24

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF97019
Head
HIC-15265
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)2.1
Extension bending moment (Nm)23
Maximum Nij 0.39
Chest maximum compression (mm)39
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)4.7
Femur force - right (kN)3.9
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left1.13
Maximum tibia index - right1.34
Tibia axial force - left (kN)5.2
Tibia axial force - right (kN)5.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left74
Right75

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