Applies to 2002-05 models
|Structure and safety cage|
|Driver injury measures|
|Rear passenger injury measures|
|Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.
The Saturn L Series was introduced in the 2000 model year. Side curtain airbags for drivers' and front and rear outboard passengers' heads were made optional on 2001 models and standard beginning with 2002 models. The L Series was discontinued after a limited number of 2005 models were manufactured.
Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries plus a fracture of the pelvis would be likely in a crash of this severity. In addition, loading to the shoulder was excessive.
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 brushed past the side curtain airbag and was hit by the intruding barrier. This impact did not produce high head injury measures, but head hits with intruding objects such as other vehicles, trees, and poles should be prevented.
Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from impact with any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.
Tested vehicle specifications
|Tested vehicle||2004 Saturn L300.2 4-door|
|Weight|| 3,210 lbs.|
|Side airbags||standard front and rear head curtain airbags|
|Engine||3.0 L V6|
|EPA ratings||20 mpg city / 28 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)||61|
|Lateral force (kN)||3.7|
|Maximum deflection (mm)||44|
|Average deflection (mm)||35|
|Maximum deflection rate (m/s)||8.44|
|Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)||1.58|
|Iliac force (kN)||3.8|
|Acetabulum force (kN)||3.6|
|Combined force (kN)||7.3|
Passenger injury measures
|Lateral deflection (mm)||46|
|Lateral force (kN)||1.7|
|Maximum deflection (mm)||32|
|Average deflection (mm)||30|
|Maximum deflection rate (m/s)||4.07|
|Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)||0.45|
|Iliac force (kN)||0.7|
|Acetabulum force (kN)||2.1|
|Combined force (kN)||2.6|