2004 Mitsubishi Galant

midsize car / 4-door sedan

2004 Mitsubishi Galant 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
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 2004-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2004 Mitsubishi Galant ES 4-door

The Mitsubishi Galant 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 well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the B-pillar and head restraint during rebound. Head accelerations from these hits were low.

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

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0408
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 11
Left (cm) 20
Center (cm) 18
Right (cm) 13
Brake pedal (cm) 13
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 2
Rearward (cm) 0
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0408
Head
HIC-15 308
Peak gs at hard contact 25
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 20
Maximum Nij 0.36
Chest maximum compression (mm) 32
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.2
Femur force - right (kN) 2.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.47
Maximum tibia index - right 1.09
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 3.0
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 4.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 77
Right 93

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2004 models built after October 2003

Tested vehicle: 2004 Mitsubishi Galant ES 4-door without optional side airbags

The Mitsubishi Galant was redesigned for the 2004 model year. All 2004 and later Galant models manufactured after October 2003 include a rear door structural upgrade to improve occupant protection in side-impact crashes. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.)

When side airbags are optional, as in this vehicle, the Institute conducts the test without this option. If a manufacturer offering optional side airbags requests the Institute to conduct an additional test of a vehicle with this option and agrees to reimburse the cost of the vehicle, a second test is conducted. Mitsubishi did not request such a test.

However, Mitsubishi made side airbags for front seat occupants standard in the 2005 model year and the Institute tested the 2005 model. The 2004 and 2005 models are rated separately, except that the structural ratings and rear passenger injury and head protection ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
The dummy's head was hit by the intruding barrier, producing high head injury measures.
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
The dummy's head was hit by the window frame and window sill of the rear door. These hits did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection is inadequate.

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing damage to the occupant compartment.

Action shot taken during the side impact crash test showing the driver dummy's head being hit by the intruding barrier.

A noticeable dent indicates where the driver dummy's head hit the barrier.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0402 CES0418
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -14.0 -11.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0402
Head HIC-15 890
Neck
Tension (kN) 2.0
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 59
Lateral force (kN) 6.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 48
Average deflection (mm) 35
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 7.00
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 1.39
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.6
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.6
Combined force (kN) 4.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 158
A-P moment (Nm) 65

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0402 CES0418
Head HIC-15 332 356
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.4 1.4
Compression (kN) 0.2 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 34 41
Lateral force (kN) 1.7 1.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 34 41
Average deflection (mm) 23 31
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.54 3.38
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.59 0.67
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.7 0.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.2 0.9
Combined force (kN) 1.5 1.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 172 142
A-P moment (Nm) -38 -37

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2004-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Mitsubishi Galant ES 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,438 lbs
Peak force 13,107 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 3.81

How the roof strength 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) 90
Distance below top of head (mm) 75
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 13.4
Head contact time (ms) 100
Force rating 3
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 280
Max neck tension (N) 887

Seat type: Leather seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Leather seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 70
Distance below top of head (mm) 85
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