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1997 Volkswagen Jetta

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  • Moderate overlap front
    M
1
Side airbags: front seat-mounted torso airbags (optional on 1998-99 models)
2
Antilock brakes (optional)
3
Daytime running lights (1995-99 models)
Model year Front overlap SideRoof strengthHead restraints & seatsFront crash prevention
SmallModerate
2015
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
2014
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
M
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
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
G
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
G
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
G
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
G
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
Crash avoidance rating
2002
G
Crash avoidance rating
2001
G
Crash avoidance rating
2000
G
Crash avoidance rating
1999
G
Crash avoidance rating
1998
M
Crash avoidance rating
1997
M
Crash avoidance rating
1996
M
Crash avoidance rating
1995
M
Crash avoidance rating
1994
M
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 1994-99 models

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

The Volkswagen Jetta and Golf were redesigned for the 1993 model year and continued through the early part of the 1999 model year. Frontal airbags for both the driver and passenger were introduced as options beginning with the 1994 model year and were made standard in 1995. Note: the ratings apply only to cars equipped with the frontal airbags.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the chest indicate low risk of injuries to this body region in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the window frame, indicating that injuries to the head would be possible. Forces on the left tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be likely. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible. Head acceleration from the B-pillar hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. During rebound, the dummy moved toward the driver door, which had bowed outward, and its head hit the window frame and B-pillar.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4-door
Weight 2,725 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase97 in.
Length173 in.
Width67 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings22 mpg city / 29 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF97018
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)26
Left (cm)34
Center (cm)31
Right (cm)20
Brake pedal (cm)24
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)-9
Right (cm)-7
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)5
Rearward (cm)7
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)10

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF97018
Head
HIC-15383
Peak gs at hard contact82
Neck
Tension (kN)1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm)18
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm)36
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)2.1
Femur force - right (kN)3.4
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)8
Maximum tibia index - left1.42
Maximum tibia index - right0.98
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN)4.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left81
Right113

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