2001 Pontiac Grand Am

midsize car / 4-door sedan

2001 Pontiac Grand Am 4-door sedan
1999 Pontiac Grand Am shown


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front: original test
Head restraints & seats


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Moderate overlap front: original test

Rating applies to 1999-2005 models

Tested vehicle: 1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4-door

The Pontiac Grand Am was redesigned for the 1999 model year and the Oldsmobile Alero was introduced in the 1999 model year. Note: 2005 model Grand Am sedans were sold as new cars only to fleets and were discontinued altogether after the 2005 model year. The Alero was discontinued after the 2004 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. During rebound, the dummy moved toward the driver door, which had bowed outward, and its head hit the window sill. Then the head moved up and back and hit the B-pillar. Plus there was too much upward movement of the steering wheel.

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 -- plus footwell intrusion and door sill crushing -- indicate the driver's survival space wasn't maintained well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the B-pillar during rebound, producing a high head acceleration.

Footwell intrusion contributed to the possibility of injury to the lower right leg.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CF99026
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 23
Left (cm) 29
Center (cm) 28
Right (cm) 18
Brake pedal (cm) 20
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 13
Right (cm) 10
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 14
Rearward (cm) 6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 6

Driver injury measures

Test ID CF99026
HIC-15 331
Peak gs at hard contact 88
Tension (kN) 1.7
Extension bending moment (Nm) 26
Maximum Nij 0.37
Chest maximum compression (mm) 27
Femur force - left (kN) 4.2
Femur force - right (kN) 2.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 2
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.48
Maximum tibia index - right 1.14
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 4.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 90
Right 67

How the moderate overlap front 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
Backset (mm) 85
Distance below top of head (mm) 95
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
Currently, IIHS tests apply only to front seats.

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