Mitsubishi Montero1996-2000 models
MODERATE OVERLAP FRONT TEST
|Structure/safety cage||Injury measures||Restraints/dummy kinematics|
|Head/neck||Chest||Leg/foot, left||Leg/foot, right|
Important: Frontal crash test ratings can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
Good Acceptable Marginal Poor
The Mitsubishi Montero was redesigned for the 1992 model year. Frontal airbags for both the driver and passenger became standard beginning with the 1996 model year.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. There was far too much upward movement of the steering wheel, which contributed to the dummy's head bottoming out the airbag and hitting the steering wheel. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof side rail.
Injury measures — Measures taken from the chest and legs indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy hit the steering wheel rim through the airbag indicating that injuries to the head would be possible. Forces on the neck indicate that injuries to the neck would be possible. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low.
Left to right:
- Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.
- The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates the driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well.
- There was too much upward movement of the steering column, which contributed to the dummy's head hitting the steering wheel through the airbag.
- Smeared pink greasepaint shows where the dummy's head contacted the roof rail during rebound.
- Antilock brakes (standard on 1998-2000 models, optional on earlier models)
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 1996 Mitsubishi Montero LS 4wd
- Class: Midsize SUV
- Weight: 4,400 lbs.
- Side airbags: none
- Wheelbase: 107 in.
- Length: 185 in.
- Width: 67 in.
- Engine: 3.0 L V6
- EPA ratings: 15 mpg city | 18 mpg highway