1997 Dodge Stratus

midsize car / 4-door sedan


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front: original test


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Moderate overlap front: original test

Rating applies to 1995-2000 models

Tested vehicle: 1995 Chrysler Cirrus LX 4-door

The Chrysler Cirrus and the Dodge Stratus were introduced in the 1995 model year and the Plymouth Breeze 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
Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. The dummy moved forward and rotated around the left side of the airbag. During rebound, the back left side of the dummy's head came very close to hitting the window sill.

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

Major roof buckling and rearward movement of the instrument panel and steering wheel compromised the driver's survival space.

Structural weakness is apparent, especially in the severe buckling of the roof rail.

High forces on both legs contributed to the likelihood of lower leg injuries. The dummy's right foot finished trapped in a pocket created by footwell intrusion and buckling of the center console.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CF95015
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 34
Left (cm) 39
Center (cm) 39
Right (cm) 35
Brake pedal (cm) 36
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 21
Right (cm) 20
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 6
Rearward (cm) 16
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 25

Driver injury measures

Test ID CF95015
HIC-15 340
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Tension (kN) 2.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 37
Maximum Nij 0.41
Chest maximum compression (mm) 30
Femur force - left (kN) 8.3
Femur force - right (kN) 2.7
Knee displacement - left (mm) 4
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 2.17
Maximum tibia index - right 1.26
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 4.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 5.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 92
Right 81

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

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