1999 Mitsubishi Montero

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV

1999 Mitsubishi Montero 4-door SUV
1996 Mitsubishi Montero shown


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front: original test


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Moderate overlap front: original test

Rating applies to 1996-2000 models

Tested vehicle: 1996 Mitsubishi Montero LS 4-door 4wd

The Mitsubishi Montero was redesigned for the 1992 model year. Frontal airbags for both the driver and passenger became standard beginning with 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. There was far too much upward movement of the steering wheel, which contributed to the dummy's head bottoming out the airbag and hitting the steering wheel. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof side rail.

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 the driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well.

There was too much upward movement of the steering column, which contributed to the dummy's head hitting the steering wheel through the airbag.

Smeared pink greasepaint shows where the dummy's head contacted the roof rail during rebound.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CF96014
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 18
Left (cm) 27
Center (cm) 26
Right (cm) 20
Brake pedal (cm) 27
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 7
Right (cm) 5
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 20
Rearward (cm) 1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 6

Driver injury measures

Test ID CF96014
HIC-15 508
Peak gs at hard contact 84
Tension (kN) 1.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 40
Maximum Nij 0.54
Chest maximum compression (mm) 39
Femur force - left (kN) 3.1
Femur force - right (kN) 2.3
Knee displacement - left (mm) 4
Knee displacement - right (mm) 3
Maximum tibia index - left 0.75
Maximum tibia index - right 0.59
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 74
Right 95

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

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