2001 Acura RL

large luxury car / 4-door sedan


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front: original test
Head restraints & seats


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Moderate overlap front: original test

Rating applies to 1996-2004 models

Tested vehicle: 2002 Acura 3.5 RL 4-door

The Acura RL was introduced in the 1996 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

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 that the driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the B-pillar and shoulder belt upper anchorage during rebound, producing a high head acceleration.

Forces on the lower right leg were high enough to indicate the possibility of injury.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0224
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 13
Left (cm) 15
Center (cm) 24
Right (cm) 17
Brake pedal (cm) 13
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 5
Right (cm) 6
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 9
Rearward (cm) 4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 5

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0224
HIC-15 356
Peak gs at hard contact 136
Tension (kN) 1.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 22
Maximum Nij 0.31
Chest maximum compression (mm) 37
Femur force - left (kN) 0.8
Femur force - right (kN) 1.4
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.43
Maximum tibia index - right 0.86
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 74
Right 79

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: All seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type All seats
Backset (mm) 68
Distance below top of head (mm) 108
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 0.0
Head contact time (ms)
Force rating 0
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)
Max neck tension (N)

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted
Currently, IIHS tests apply only to front seats.

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