2002 Buick Century

large car / 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 1997-2005 models

Tested vehicle: 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 4-door

The Pontiac Grand Prix and Buick Century and Regal were redesigned for the 1997 model year, and the Oldsmobile Intrigue was introduced in the 1998 model year.

The Intrigue was dropped after the 2002 model year, the Regal after the 2004 model year, and the Century after the 2005 model year. The Grand Prix was redesigned for the 2004 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
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.

There was too much upward movement of the steering wheel.

The head restraint/seatback combination is specially designed to mitigate whiplash injury. This restraint has proven effective in crash tests.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CF96027
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 14
Left (cm) 23
Center (cm) 20
Right (cm) 15
Brake pedal (cm) 16
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 9
Right (cm) 9
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 13
Rearward (cm) 5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 6

Driver injury measures

Test ID CF96027
Head
HIC-15 627
Peak gs at hard contact 66
Neck
Tension (kN) 2.2
Extension bending moment (Nm) 46
Maximum Nij 0.47
Chest maximum compression (mm) 34
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 2.4
Femur force - right (kN) 3.7
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.61
Maximum tibia index - right 0.75
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 71
Right 61

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Cloth seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 65
Distance below top of head (mm) 110
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)

Seat type: Leather seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Leather seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 90
Distance below top of head (mm) 125
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