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1997 Mitsubishi Montero

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  • Moderate overlap front
    A
1996 Mitsubishi Montero shown
1996 Mitsubishi Montero shown
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Antilock brakes (standard on 1998-2000 models, optional on earlier models)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2006
A
P
2005
A
P
2004
A
2003
A
2002
A
2001
A
2000
A
1999
A
1998
A
1997
A
1996
A

Applies to 1996-2000 models

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

The Mitsubishi Montero was redesigned for the 1992 model year. Frontal airbags for both the driver and passenger became standard beginning with the 1996 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the chest and legs indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy hit the steering wheel rim through the airbag indicating that injuries to the head would be possible. Forces on the neck indicate that injuries to the neck would be possible. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. There was far too much upward movement of the steering wheel, which contributed to the dummy's head bottoming out the airbag and hitting the steering wheel. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof side rail.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1996 Mitsubishi Montero LS 4wd
Weight 4,400 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase107 in.
Length185 in.
Width67 in.
Engine3.0 L V6
EPA ratings15 mpg city / 18 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF96014
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)18
Left (cm)27
Center (cm)26
Right (cm)20
Brake pedal (cm)27
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)7
Right (cm)5
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)20
Rearward (cm)-1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)6

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF96014
Head
HIC-15508
Peak gs at hard contact84
Neck
Tension (kN)1.9
Extension bending moment (Nm)40
Maximum Nij 0.54
Chest maximum compression (mm)39
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)3.1
Femur force - right (kN)2.3
Knee displacement - left (mm)4
Knee displacement - right (mm)3
Maximum tibia index - left0.75
Maximum tibia index - right0.59
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left74
Right95

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