2009 Pontiac G6

midsize car / 2-door convertible

2009 Pontiac G6 2-door convertible
2007 Pontiac G6 2-door convertible shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
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 2006-09 models

Tested vehicle: 2007 Pontiac G6 GT 2-door convertible

The Pontiac G6 convertible was introduced in the 2006 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
Dummy movement was not well controlled. During the crash, the driver seat came loose on one of its tracks and moved forward 4 inches on the left side. The dummy's head slid around the left side of the airbag and hit the instrument panel.

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

Although intrusion measurements taken after the crash test indicate that the occupant compartment remained largely intact, the driver's survival space was compromised because of the forward seat movement.

Smeared greasepaint on the instrument panel indicates where the dummy's head hit it.

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

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0708
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 12
Left (cm) 15
Center (cm) 14
Right (cm) 12
Brake pedal (cm) 10
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 5
Right (cm) 4
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -2
Rearward (cm) 3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 7

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0708
Head
HIC-15 271
Peak gs at hard contact 57
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 20
Maximum Nij 0.27
Chest maximum compression (mm) 24
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 2.4
Femur force - right (kN) 4.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 2
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.42
Maximum tibia index - right 0.74
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 6.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 55
Right 136

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2008-09 models

Tested vehicle: 2007 Pontiac G6 GT 2-door convertible with optional front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Pontiac G6 convertible was introduced in the 2006 model year. Beginning with 2007 models manufactured after January 2007, the reinforcement beam in each door was modified to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door). Beginning with 2008 models, side airbags were made standard (they had been optional in 2006-07 models.

Rating applies to 2008-09 models

Tested vehicle:2007 Pontiac G6 GT 2-door convertible

The Pontiac G6 convertible was introduced in the 2006 model year. Beginning with 2007 models manufactured after January 2007, the reinforcement beam in each door was modified to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door). Beginning with 2008 models, side airbags were made standard (they had been optional in 2006-07 models.

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 window sill and the side torso airbag, producing high head and neck injury measures.
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
The dummy's head was hit by the interior side trim. This impact 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 door removed, showing the side airbag and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint (excluding the painted yellow lines) shows where the driver dummy's head was hit by the window sill and side airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was hit by the interior side trim.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0708
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -14.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0708
Head HIC-15 842
Neck
Tension (kN) 3.3
Compression (kN) 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 43
Lateral force (kN) 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 29
Average deflection (mm) 22
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.11
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.27
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 3.0
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.3
Combined force (kN) 5.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.8
L-M moment (Nm) 83
A-P moment (Nm) 18

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0708
Head HIC-15 220
Neck
Tension (kN) 2.1
Compression (kN) 0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 38
Lateral force (kN) 1.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 31
Average deflection (mm) 19
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.76
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.39
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.1
Combined force (kN) 2.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 49
A-P moment (Nm) -34

How the side crash test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2006-09 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 48
Distance below top of head (mm) 52
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 12.8
Head contact time (ms) 80
Force rating 2
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 104
Max neck tension (N) 794

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted