Applies to 2004 models built after October 2003
|Structure and safety cage|
|Driver injury measures|
|Rear passenger injury measures|
|Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.
The Mitsubishi Galant was redesigned for the 2004 model year. All 2004 and later Galant models manufactured after October 2003 include a rear door structural upgrade 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).
When side airbags are optional, as in this vehicle, the Institute conducts the test without this option. If a manufacturer offering optional side airbags requests the Institute to conduct an additional test of a vehicle with this option and agrees to reimburse the cost of the vehicle, a second test is conducted. Mitsubishi did not request such a test.
However, Mitsubishi made side airbags standard in the 2005 model year and the Institute tested the 2005 model. The 2004 and 2005 models are rated separately, except that the structural ratings and rear passenger injury and head protection ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.
Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be possible in a crash of this severity. In addition, loading to the shoulder was excessive. Serious skull fracture and/or brain injuries also would 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, producing high head injury measures.
Passenger — The dummy's head was hit by the window frame and window sill of the rear door. These hits did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection is inadequate.
Tested vehicle specifications
|Tested vehicle||2004 Mitsubishi Galant ES 4-door|
|Weight|| 3,385 lbs.|
|Side airbags||standard front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags|
|Engine||2.4 L 4-cylinder|
|EPA ratings||23 mpg city / 30 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)||59|
|Lateral force (kN)||6.0|
|Maximum deflection (mm)||48|
|Average deflection (mm)||35|
|Maximum deflection rate (m/s)||7.00|
|Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)||1.39|
|Iliac force (kN)||1.6|
|Acetabulum force (kN)||2.6|
|Combined force (kN)||4.0|
Passenger injury measures
|Lateral deflection (mm)||34||41|
|Lateral force (kN)||1.7||1.7|
|Maximum deflection (mm)||34||41|
|Average deflection (mm)||23||31|
|Maximum deflection rate (m/s)||3.54||3.38|
|Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)||0.59||0.67|
|Iliac force (kN)||0.7||0.7|
|Acetabulum force (kN)||1.2||0.9|
|Combined force (kN)||1.5||1.5|