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2004 Oldsmobile Alero

Midsize moderately priced car
  • Moderate overlap front
    P
1
Antilock brakes (optional on 2003-05 models, standard on 1999-2002 models)
2
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2004
P
2003
P
2002
P
2001
P
2000
P
1999
P

Applies to 1999-2004 models

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

The 2004 Oldsmobile Alero is a twin of the tested vehicle.

The Pontiac Grand Am was redesigned for the 1999 model year and the Oldsmobile Alero was introduced in the 1999 model year. Note: 2005 model Grand Am sedans were sold as new cars only to fleets and were discontinued altogether after the 2005 model year. The Alero was discontinued after the 2004 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the neck and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the B-pillar, indicating that injuries to the head would be possible. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible. Head acceleration from the window sill hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. During rebound, the dummy moved toward the driver door, which had bowed outward, and its head hit the window sill. Then the head moved up and back and hit the B-pillar. Plus there was too much upward movement of the steering wheel.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4-door
Weight 3,080 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase107 in.
Length186 in.
Width70 in.
Engine2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings22 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF99026
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)23
Left (cm)29
Center (cm)28
Right (cm)18
Brake pedal (cm)20
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)13
Right (cm)10
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)14
Rearward (cm)-6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)6

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF99026
Head
HIC-15331
Peak gs at hard contact88.000000
Neck
Tension (kN)1.7
Extension bending moment (Nm)26
Maximum Nij 0.37
Chest maximum compression (mm)27
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)4.2
Femur force - right (kN)2.8
Knee displacement - left (mm)2
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.48
Maximum tibia index - right1.14
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN)4.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left90
Right67

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