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2005 Pontiac Grand Am

Midsize car
1999 Pontiac Grand Am shown
1999 Pontiac Grand Am shown
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    P
  • Head restraints & seats
    P

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Model year Small overlap front Moderate overlap front Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention Headlights LATCH ease of use
Driver Passenger
2005
P
P
Crash avoidance rating
2004
P
P
Crash avoidance rating
2003
P
P
Crash avoidance rating
2002
P
P
Crash avoidance rating
2001
P
P
Crash avoidance rating
2000
P
Crash avoidance rating
1999
P
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 1999-2005 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 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 vehicle 1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4-door
Weight 3,080 lbs.
Side airbags none
Wheelbase 107 in.
Length 187 in.
Width 70 in.
Engine 2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 22 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CF99026
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 ID CF99026
Head
HIC-15 331
Peak gs at hard contact 88
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 - left 0.48
Maximum tibia index - right 1.14
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 4.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 90
Right 67

Applies to 2001-05 models

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

Seat type

Cloth seats

How this test is conducted

Seat type Cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 85
Distance below top of head (mm) 95
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 0.0
Head contact time (ms)
Force rating 0
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)
Max neck tension (N)
1
Antilock brakes (optional on 2003-05 models, standard on 1999-2002 models)
2
Daytime running lights

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