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2006 Subaru Forester

Small SUV
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
2003 Subaru Forester shown
2003 Subaru Forester shown
1
Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control (optional beginning with 2007 models)
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
G
G
G
G
G
2013
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
G
2010
G
G
G
G
2009
G
G
G
G
2008
G
G
G
2007
G
G
G
2006
G
G
G
2005
G
G
2004
G
G
2003
G
G
2002
G
2001
G
2000
G
1999
G

Applies to 2003-08 models

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

The Subaru Forester was redesigned for the 2003 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, chest, and left leg indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible. Head acceleration from the roof hit was negligible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the head hit the roof inboard of the B-pillar.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2003 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4wd
Weight 3,197 lbs.
Side airbagsfront seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags
Wheelbase99 in.
Length175 in.
Width68 in.
Engine2.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings21 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0214
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)5
Left (cm)5
Center (cm)13
Right (cm)11
Brake pedal (cm)12
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)1
Right (cm)2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)0
Rearward (cm)0
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0214
Head
HIC-15188
Peak gs at hard contactnegligible
Neck
Tension (kN)1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm)21
Maximum Nij 0.35
Chest maximum compression (mm)34
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.3
Femur force - right (kN)2.7
Knee displacement - left (mm)6
Knee displacement - right (mm)2
Maximum tibia index - left0.42
Maximum tibia index - right0.54
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN)4.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left79
Right103

Applies to 2003-08 models

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

The Subaru Forester was redesigned for the 2003 model year.

Two tests of the Forester were conducted. The injury and head protection ratings for the driver are based on just the second test; measures for the driver in the first test were not used because the seating procedure was not comparable to other tested vehicles. Injury and head protection ratings for the rear seat passenger are based on both tests. Structural ratings also are based on both tests.

Injury measures

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

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummies in the two tests, taken together, indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

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

Passenger — In both tests, the dummy's head was hit by the pillar behind the rear passenger door. This pillar is required by federal standard to provide some protection for occupants' heads.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2003 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4wd
Weight 3,192 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags
Wheelbase99 in.
Length175 in.
Width68 in.
Engine2.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings21 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0202CES0312
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.
-7.0-8.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0312
Head HIC-15141
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)58
Lateral force (kN)1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)44
Average deflection (mm)34
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.48
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.67
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)3.1
Acetabulum force (kN)2.5
Combined force (kN)5.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)75
A-P moment (Nm) -34

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0202CES0312
Head HIC-15326332
Neck
Tension (kN)0.50.5
Compression (kN)1.20.8
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)3333
Lateral force (kN)1.61.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)3234
Average deflection (mm)2930
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.034.03
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.410.58
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.81.2
Acetabulum force (kN)2.62.7
Combined force (kN)3.23.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.50.4
L-M moment (Nm)6483
A-P moment (Nm) -1614

Applies to 2006-08 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

All seats (AHR)

How this test is conducted

Seat typeAll seats (AHR)
Geometry
Backset (mm)20
Distance below top of head (mm)48
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)11.3
Head contact time (ms)63
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)72
Max neck tension (N)473

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