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2012 Volkswagen Routan

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


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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2012
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
P
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
P
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
P
G
G
M
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2009-12 models

Overall evaluation
P
Structure and safety cage
P
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
P
Lower leg/foot
P
Restraints and dummy kinematics
M
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

The Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan were redesigned for the 2008 model year, and the Volkswagen Routan was introduced in the 2009 model year and discontinued after the 2012 model year.

Structure

The driver's space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. Lower interior intrusion measured as much as 39 cm at the lower hinge pillar. The parking brake pedal was pushed back 36 cm into the dummy's left lower leg. Upper interior intrusion measured as much as 39 cm at the instrument panel and 35 cm at the hinge pillar. The door sill was pushed in laterally 20 cm toward the driver, and the steering column was pushed back 17 cm.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left hip, left knee, and left lower leg would be likely in a crash of this severity. Injuries to the right lower leg would also be possible, but head injury risk from the instrument panel hit was low. The dummy's left lower leg skin was gouged and torn by the intruding parking brake pedal, and the left knee skin was torn by a steel brace underlying the knee bolster.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 22 cm to the right, resulting in little airbag cushioning for the chest and contributing to the head hitting the intruding instrument panel. The side curtain airbag deployed but does not have sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag deployed.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2014 Chrysler Town & Country Touring
Weight 4,580 lbs.
Side airbags head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 121 in.
Length 203 in.
Width 79 in.
Engine 3.6 L V6
EPA ratings 17 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1438
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 39
Footrest (cm) 25
Left toepan (cm) 18
Brake pedal (cm) 20
Parking brake (cm) 36
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 20
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 17
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 35
Upper dash (cm) 39
Lower instrument panel (cm) 33

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1438
Head
HIC-15 230
Peak gs at hard contact not meas.
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 18
Maximum Nij 0.35
Chest maximum compression (mm) 11
Femur (kN)
Left 13.4
Right 4.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 19
Right 7
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 100
Right 1
Maximum tibia index
Left 2.29
Right 0.90
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 3.5
Right 3.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 115
Right 43

Applies to 2009-12 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.

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

The Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country were redesigned for the 2008 model year, and the Volkswagen Routan was introduced in the 2009 model year and discontinued after the 2012 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 roof rail/B-pillar hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof rail and B-pillar.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
Weight 4,454 lbs.
Side airbags head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats
Wheelbase 121 in.
Length 203 in.
Width 77 in.
Engine 3.8 L V6
EPA ratings 16 mpg city / 23 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0806
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 11
Left (cm) 14
Center (cm) 12
Right (cm) 9
Brake pedal (cm) 7
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 2
Right (cm) 2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 2
Rearward (cm) -4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0806
Head
HIC-15 249
Peak gs at hard contact 17
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 14
Maximum Nij 0.28
Chest maximum compression (mm) 32
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 4.9
Femur force - right (kN) 2.6
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 5
Maximum tibia index - left 0.38
Maximum tibia index - right 0.66
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 68
Right 55

Applies to 2011-12 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
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
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

The Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country were redesigned for the 2008 model year, and the Volkswagen Routan was introduced in the 2009 model year. Beginning with the 2011 models, side airbags designed to protect drivers' and front passengers' torsos were added to the side curtain airbags that were already standard on 2008-10 models. The Routan was discontinued after the 2012 model year.

Two tests of the vans were conducted, one by the Institute in 2008 and the other by Chrysler in 2012 as part of side crash test verification. The vehicles are rated separately, except that structure ratings for the vehicles are based on both tests, as are the rear passenger injury and head protection ratings.

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 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 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 2012 Chrysler Town & Country Touring
Weight 4,519 lbs.
Side airbags standard head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 121 in.
Length 203 in.
Width 79 in.
Engine 3.6 L V6
EPA ratings 17 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0813 VTS1113
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.
-8.0 -10.5

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1113
Head HIC-15 246
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 16
Lateral force (kN) 0.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 30
Average deflection (mm) 29
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.89
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.39
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.6
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.9
Combined force (kN) 4.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.1
L-M moment (Nm) 28
A-P moment (Nm) 133

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0813 VTS1113
Head HIC-15 84 124
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.4 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.4 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 28 32
Lateral force (kN) 1.2 1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 37 40
Average deflection (mm) 23 26
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 5.14 4.23
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.89 0.80
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2 0.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.4 2.7
Combined force (kN) 3.5 2.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.1 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 131 54
A-P moment (Nm) -45 163

Applies to 2012 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 4,594 lbs
Peak force 20,717 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.51
Tested vehicle
2012 Chrysler Town & Country Touring
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 2010-12 models built after March 2010

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

Power cloth seats with manual lumbar AHR built. after March 2010

How this test is conducted

Seat type Power cloth seats with manual lumbar AHR mfg. after March 2010
Geometry
Backset (mm) 54
Distance below top of head (mm) 20
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 12.2
Head contact time (ms) 53
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 86
Max neck tension (N) 379
1
Side airbags: head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats (standard in all models) and front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard beginning with 2011 models)
2
Driver knee airbag: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes (beginning with 2011 models)
3
Built-in child restraints (optional)
4
Electronic stability control
5
Antilock brakes
6
Daytime running lights (standard on Routan, optional on Grand Caravan and Town & Country fleet vehicles only)

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