2005 Pontiac Trans Sport/Montana


2005 Pontiac Trans Sport/Montana Minivan
1997 Pontiac Trans Sport/Montana shown


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Moderate overlap front: original test


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Moderate overlap front: original test

Rating applies to 1997-2005 models

Tested vehicle: 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport passenger van

The Pontiac Trans Sport (renamed Montana in 1999), the Chevrolet Venture, and the Oldsmobile Silhouette were redesigned for the 1997 model year. The Silhouette was dropped after the 2004 model year, and a limited number of Pontiac Montanas and Chevrolet Ventures were manufactured for the 2005 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. After moving forward into the airbag, the dummy's head and neck were snapped rearward as the steering wheel intruded. Then the dummy's head was hit from behind by the seatback and head restraint as they tilted forward because of floor buckling. The seat continued moving forward and pushed down on top of the dummy's head, bending its neck back even farther.

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

Major collapse of the occupant compartment left little survival space for the driver.

Extreme steering wheel movement violently snapped the dummy's head backward (see arrow).

The unnatural position of the dummy's left foot (see circled area) indicates that an occupant's left leg and foot would have been seriously injured in a real-world crash of this severity.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CF96026
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 40
Left (cm) 51
Center (cm) 38
Right (cm) 31
Brake pedal (cm) 36
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 29
Right (cm) 24
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 6
Rearward (cm) 24
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 30

Driver injury measures

Test ID CF96026
HIC-15 no data
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Tension (kN) 2.7
Extension bending moment (Nm) 117
Maximum Nij 0.92
Chest maximum compression (mm) 23
Femur force - left (kN) 6.7
Femur force - right (kN) 4.4
Knee displacement - left (mm) 17
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 2.08
Maximum tibia index - right 1.60
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left no data
Right 98

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

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