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2012 Scion tC

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Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

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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
2016
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2015
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2014
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
A
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
2009
A
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
2008
A
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
2007
A
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
2006
A
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
2005
A
A
M
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2011-13 models

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

The Scion tC was redesigned for the 2011 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head acceleration from the grab handle hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain airbag deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head contacted the side curtain airbag and the grab handle above the door.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2011 Scion tC 2-door
Weight 3,120 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 106 in.
Length 174 in.
Width 71 in.
Engine 2.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 23 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF1008
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 5
Left (cm) 12
Center (cm) 15
Right (cm) 8
Brake pedal (cm) 1
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 0
Rearward (cm) 1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF1008
Head
HIC-15 216
Peak gs at hard contact 32
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 8
Maximum Nij 0.20
Chest maximum compression (mm) 31
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.5
Femur force - right (kN) 1.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.38
Maximum tibia index - right 0.57
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 51
Right 61

Applies to 2011-13 models

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

The Scion tC was redesigned for the 2011 model year.

Injury measures

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

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a left femur fracture would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2011 Scion tC 2-door
Weight 3,125 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 106 in.
Length 174 in.
Width 71 in.
Engine 2.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 23 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES1014
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.
-16.0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES1014
Head HIC-15 468
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.5
Compression (kN) 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 41
Lateral force (kN) 1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 22
Average deflection (mm) 20
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 7.12
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.55
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.1
Combined force (kN) 2.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 121
A-P moment (Nm) 83

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES1014
Head HIC-15 240
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.5
Compression (kN) 1.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 41
Lateral force (kN) 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 29
Average deflection (mm) 18
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.70
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.32
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.3
Combined force (kN) 1.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.2
L-M moment (Nm) 295
A-P moment (Nm) 59

Applies to 2011-13 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 3,123 lbs
Peak force 17,738 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.68
Tested vehicle
2011 Scion tC 2-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2011-16 models

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

Seat type

Manual cloth seats (AHR)

How this test is conducted

Seat type Manual cloth seats (AHR)
Geometry
Backset (mm) 20
Distance below top of head (mm) 42
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.6
Head contact time (ms) 63
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 46
Max neck tension (N) 486
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Driver and front passenger knee airbags: separate airbags in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes

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