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2009 Pontiac G6 convertible

Midsize convertible
  • Moderate overlap front
    A
  • Side
    M
  • Head restraints & seats
    M
2007 Pontiac G6 convertible shown
2007 Pontiac G6 convertible shown
1
Side airbags: front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard beginning with 2008 models, optional in 2006-07 models)
2
Electronic stability control (standard beginning with 2008 models, optional on 2006-07 models)
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2009
A
M
M
2008
A
M
M
2007
A
M
M
2006
A
M

Applies to 2006-09 models

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
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 Pontiac G6 convertible was introduced in the 2006 model year.

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. Forces on the right tibia indicate that lower leg injuries would be possible. Head acceleration from the instrument panel hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was not well controlled. During the crash, the driver seat came loose on one of its tracks and moved forward 4 inches on the left side. The dummy's head slid around the left side of the airbag and hit the instrument panel.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2007 Pontiac G6 GT convertible
Weight 3,847 lbs.
Side airbagsfront seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase112 in.
Length189 in.
Width71 in.
Engine3.5 L V6
EPA ratings20 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0708
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)12
Left (cm)15
Center (cm)14
Right (cm)12
Brake pedal (cm)10
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)5
Right (cm)4
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-2
Rearward (cm)-3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)7

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0708
Head
HIC-15271
Peak gs at hard contact57.000000
Neck
Tension (kN)1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm)20
Maximum Nij 0.27
Chest maximum compression (mm)24
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)2.4
Femur force - right (kN)4.8
Knee displacement - left (mm)2
Knee displacement - right (mm)1
Maximum tibia index - left0.42
Maximum tibia index - right0.74
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN)6.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left55
Right136

Applies to 2008-09 models

Overall evaluation
M
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
P
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
A
Head protection
M
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
M
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Pontiac G6 convertible was introduced in the 2006 model year. Beginning with 2007 models manufactured after January 2007, the reinforcement beam in each door was modified 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). Beginning with 2008 models, side airbags were made standard (they had been optional in 2006-07 models.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that serious neck injuries would be likely in a crash of this severity. Serious skull fracture and/or brain injuries as well as a fracture of the pelvis also would be possible.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was hit by the window sill and the side torso airbag, producing high head and neck injury measures.

Passenger — The dummy's head was hit by the interior side trim. This impact did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection is inadequate.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2007 Pontiac G6 GT convertible
Weight 3,874 lbs.
Side airbagsoptional front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase112 in.
Length189 in.
Width71 in.
Engine3.5 L V6
EPA ratings20 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0708
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.
-14.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0708
Head HIC-15842
Neck
Tension (kN)3.3
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)43
Lateral force (kN)1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)29
Average deflection (mm)22
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.11
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.27
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)3.0
Acetabulum force (kN)3.3
Combined force (kN)5.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.8
L-M moment (Nm)83
A-P moment (Nm) 18

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0708
Head HIC-15220
Neck
Tension (kN)2.1
Compression (kN)0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)38
Lateral force (kN)1.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)31
Average deflection (mm)19
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.76
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.39
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.1
Acetabulum force (kN)2.1
Combined force (kN)2.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.3
L-M moment (Nm)49
A-P moment (Nm) -34

Applies to 2006-09 models

Overall evaluation
M
Dynamic rating
M
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Head restraints & seats ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual cloth seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)48
Distance below top of head (mm)52
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)12.8
Head contact time (ms)80
Force ratingModerate
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)104
Max neck tension (N)794

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