2010 Pontiac Vibe

small car / 4-door hatchback

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Head restraints & seats

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 2009-10 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Toyota Matrix S wagon

The Toyota Matrix and Pontiac Vibe were redesigned for the 2009 model year. A small number of 2010 Pontiac Vibes were built before the car was discontinued. The Matrix was discontinued after the 2013 model year in the U.S. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Toyota as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF0818
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 8
Left (cm) 10
Center (cm) 12
Right (cm) 12
Brake pedal (cm) 8
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 2
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 0
Rearward (cm) 0
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF0818
Head
HIC-15 330
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 31
Maximum Nij 0.31
Chest maximum compression (mm) 31
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.3
Femur force - right (kN) 5.5
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.56
Maximum tibia index - right 0.61
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.5
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 70
Right 59

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2009-10 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Toyota Corolla Matrix wagon with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Toyota Matrix and Pontiac Vibe were redesigned for the 2009 model year. A small number of 2010 Pontiac Vibes were built before the car was discontinued.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0849
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -12.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0849
Head HIC-15 252
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.5
Compression (kN) 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 46
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 30
Average deflection (mm) 24
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.26
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.42
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.3
Combined force (kN) 4.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.3
L-M moment (Nm) 192
A-P moment (Nm) 56

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0849
Head HIC-15 79
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.1
Compression (kN) 0.7
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 34
Lateral force (kN) 1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 23
Average deflection (mm) 17
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.77
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.20
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.7
Combined force (kN) 5.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 50
A-P moment (Nm) 25

How the side crash test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Manual cloth seats AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seats AHR
Geometry
Backset (mm) 52
Distance below top of head (mm) 47
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 12.1
Head contact time (ms) 75
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 88
Max neck tension (N) 604

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted