1997 Mitsubishi Montero Sport

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front: original test


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Moderate overlap front: original test

Rating applies to 1997-2000 models

Tested vehicle: 1999 Mitsubishi Montero Sport XLS 4-door 4wd

The Mitsubishi Montero Sport was introduced in the 1997 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. Special stitching on the lap belt, designed to limit belt forces by tearing and lengthening the belt, allowed too much dummy movement. There was 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 moved upward and toward the driver door, hitting the B-pillar and roof 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 movement allowed by the torn safety belt stitching (see bottom left).

Special stitching intended to limit belt forces tore and lengthened the belt too much for effective control of the dummy's movement.

Smeared red greasepaint on the knee bolster shows where the dummy's shin contacted it hard enough for a likely knee injury.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CF99011
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 30
Left (cm) 27
Center (cm) 28
Right (cm) 21
Brake pedal (cm) 25
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 11
Right (cm) 10
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 10
Rearward (cm) 8
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 13

Driver injury measures

Test ID CF99011
HIC-15 404
Peak gs at hard contact 67
Tension (kN) 2.5
Extension bending moment (Nm) 48
Maximum Nij 0.50
Chest maximum compression (mm) 41
Femur force - left (kN) 1.7
Femur force - right (kN) 4.7
Knee displacement - left (mm) 9
Knee displacement - right (mm) 18
Maximum tibia index - left 1.84
Maximum tibia index - right 1.24
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 4.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 8.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 181
Right 198

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

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