2009 Volkswagen Routan

minivan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
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.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2009-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Chrysler Town & Country Touring

The Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country were redesigned for the 2008 model year, and the Volkswagen Routan was introduced in the 2009 model year and discontinued after the 2012 model year. The Chrysler Town and Country was discontinued after the 2016 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 22 cm to the right, resulting in little airbag cushioning for the chest and contributing to the head hitting the intruding instrument panel. The side curtain airbag deployed but does not have sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag deployed.

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was not maintained well.

During the crash, the dummy's head barely contacted the airbag before sliding off to the left as the steering column moved to the right, and the head hit the instrument panel.

Door hinge pillar, parking brake, and instrument panel intrusion was extensive and contributed to a high risk of injuries to the left hip, left knee, and left lower leg and a moderate risk to the right lower leg. The parking brake pedal was deeply embedded in the dummy's lower leg skin.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1438
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 39
Footrest (cm) 25
Left toepan (cm) 18
Brake pedal (cm) 20
Parking brake (cm) 36
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 20
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 17
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 35
Upper dash (cm) 39
Lower instrument panel (cm) 33

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1438
Head
HIC-15 230
Peak gs at hard contact not meas.
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 18
Maximum Nij 0.35
Chest maximum compression (mm) 11
Femur (kN)
Left 13.4
Right 4.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 19
Right 7
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 100
Right 1
Maximum tibia index
Left 2.29
Right 0.90
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 3.5
Right 3.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 115
Right 43

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2009-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT

The Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country were redesigned for the 2008 model year, and the Volkswagen Routan was introduced in the 2009 model year and discontinued after the 2012 model year. The Chrysler Town and Country was discontinued after the 2016 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

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 that the driver's survival space was maintained well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the roof rail and B-pillar during rebound. Head acceleration from this hit was low.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0806
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 11
Left (cm) 14
Center (cm) 12
Right (cm) 9
Brake pedal (cm) 7
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 2
Right (cm) 2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 2
Rearward (cm) -4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0806
Head
HIC-15 249
Peak gs at hard contact 17
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 14
Maximum Nij 0.28
Chest maximum compression (mm) 32
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 4.9
Femur force - right (kN) 2.6
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 5
Maximum tibia index - left 0.38
Maximum tibia index - right 0.66
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 68
Right 55

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2009-10 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SE with standard head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats

The Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country were redesigned for the 2008 model year, and the Volkswagen Routan was introduced in the 2009 model year.

Rating applies to 2009-10 models

Tested vehicle:2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SE

The Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country were redesigned for the 2008 model year, and the Volkswagen Routan was introduced in the 2009 model year.

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 airbag 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 CES0813
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -8.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0813
Head HIC-15 367
Neck
Tension (kN) 2.0
Compression (kN) 0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 36
Lateral force (kN) 2.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 47
Average deflection (mm) 34
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.97
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.65
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 3.0
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.2
Combined force (kN) 4.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.8
L-M moment (Nm) 107
A-P moment (Nm) 19

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0813
Head HIC-15 84
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.4
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 28
Lateral force (kN) 1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 37
Average deflection (mm) 23
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 5.14
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.89
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.4
Combined force (kN) 3.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.1
L-M moment (Nm) 131
A-P moment (Nm) -45

How the side crash test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2009 models

Seat type: Power cloth seats with manual adjustable lumbar

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power cloth seats with manual adjustable lumbar
Geometry
Backset (mm) 30
Distance below top of head (mm) 32
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 12.0
Head contact time (ms) 85
Force rating 2
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 219
Max neck tension (N) 680

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted