Chevrolet Uplander2006-07 models built after February 2006 and before January 2007
results also apply to: 2006-07 Buick Terraza built after February 2006 and before January 2007 | 2006 Pontiac Montana SV6 built after February 2006 | 2006-07 Saturn RELAY built after February 2006 and before January 2007
SIDE IMPACT TEST WITH OPTIONAL SIDE AIRBAGS
|Injury measures||Head protection||Structure/safety cage|
Important: Side impact crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle type and weight categories.
Good Acceptable Marginal Poor
The Chevrolet Uplander, Pontiac Montana SV6, Buick Terraza, and Saturn RELAY were introduced in the 2005 model year as replacements for the Chevrolet Venture, Pontiac Montana, and Oldsmobile Silhouette. Side airbags were optional for front seat occupants. The Pontiac Montana SV6 was discontinued after the 2006 model year.
Beginning with 2006 models, side airbags became optional for both the front and second row seating positions. Also beginning with 2006 models manufactured after November 2005, the vehicle floor was reinforced to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door). Further changes were made for models manufactured after February 2006 to strengthen the standard second row bucket seats for side impact crashes.
Two tests of the Uplander were conducted, the first with optional side airbags for the driver and rear passenger, and the second without. Both vehicles were manufactured after all design changes for 2006 had been made. These vehicles are rated separately, except that the structural ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.
In both tests, there were problems with the seats occupied by the rear passenger dummies. During the first test, all four of the attachment points for the optional captain's chair (with side airbag) released, allowing the seat to become completely dislodged. In the second test with the standard bucket seat (and no side airbag), one attachment point released and a second one broke, allowing partial separation of the seat from the floor. While these seat separations did not appear to exacerbate any injury measures recorded by the rear dummies, such separations should not occur. For this reason, the overall rating for the Uplander and similar models with side airbags was downgraded to Marginal (it would have been Acceptable otherwise).
Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that serious neck injuries would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.
Rear passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.
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.
Rear passenger — 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.
Left to right:
- View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.
- View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.
- Action shot taken during the side impact crash test showing the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbag. Still, forces recorded on the neck were high.
- Inset photo shows seat frame deformation that occurred during the crash. The curving supports should be straight and vertical. Note also that the steel frame started to tear. Location of the inset photo is indicated in larger photo.
- Side airbags: front and second row seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags (optional)
- Built-in child restraint in Uplander only (optional)
- Electronic stability control (standard on all 2007 long-wheelbase 2wd models and 2006 2wd Terraza, optional on other 2006 2wd models and 2007 short-wheelbase Uplander)
- Antilock brakes
- Daytime running lights
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 2006 Chevrolet Uplander LT
- Class: Minivan
- Weight: 4,445 lbs.
- Side airbags: optional front and second row seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags
- Wheelbase: 121 in.
- Length: 204 in.
- Width: 72 in.
- Engine: 3.9 L V6
- EPA ratings: 18 mpg city | 25 mpg highway