Chevrolet Astro1996-2005 models
results also apply to: 1996-2005 GMC Safari
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 Chevrolet Astro and GMC Safari were introduced in the 1985 model year.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. After moving forward into the airbag, the dummy's head was hit from behind by the seatback as it moved forward because of floor buckling. The dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag as the wheel moved upward and the seat pitched forward.
Injury measures — Measures taken from the head, neck, chest, and right leg indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the left femur and tibia indicate that injuries to the upper and lower leg would be likely. Head acceleration from the steering wheel hit was low.
Left to right:
- Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.
- Collapse of the occupant compartment left little survival space for the driver.
- The dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the deflating airbag because of steering wheel movement and buckling of the floor under the driver seat.
- The dummy's left knee sustained high forces as it jammed against the knee bolster.
- Built-in child restraints (optional in 1996-98 models)
- Antilock brakes
- Daytime running lights (beginning with 1997 models)
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 1996 Chevrolet Astro LS
- Class: Minivan
- Weight: 4,350 lbs.
- Side airbags: none
- Wheelbase: 111 in.
- Length: 190 in.
- Width: 78 in.
- Engine: 4.3 L V6
- EPA ratings: 16 mpg city | 20 mpg highway