New Rollover Ratings, Crash Test Results
WASHINGTON, April 18 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) latest rollover resistance ratings and crash test results are now available on the agency's World Wide Web site: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov . This information is for 2002 model year vehicles.
Rated for rollover resistance are the Acura RSX two-door hatchback, Chevrolet Malibu four-door sedan, Chrysler 300M four-door sedan, Daewoo Nubira four-door sedan, Ford Focus two-door, Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Kia Rio Cino four-door wagon, Lexus ES300 four-door sedan, Toyota Avalon four-door sedan, Toyota Camry four-door sedan, Buick Rendezvous 4x2 four-door utility, Buick Rendezvous 4x4 four-door utility, Chevrolet Blazer 4x2 two-door utility, Chevrolet Blazer 4x4 two-door utility, Ford Explorer Sport 4x2 two-door utility, Ford Explorer Sport 4x4 two-door utility, Hyundai Santa Fe 4x2 four- door utility, Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4 four-door utility, Isuzu Axiom 4x2 four- door utility, Isuzu Axiom 4x4 four-door utility, Toyota Sequoia 4x2 four-door utility, Ford Ranger 4x2 pickup, Ford Ranger 4x4 pickup, Mazda B-Series 4x2 pickup, Mazda B-Series 4x4 pickup and the Kia Sedona van.
Rated for frontal impact are the Ford Focus two-door, Lexus ES300 four- door sedan, Mitsubishi Eclipse two-door, Toyota Avalon four-door sedan, Buick Rendezvous 4x4 four-door utility, Honda CR-V 4x4 four-door utility, Jeep Liberty 4x4 four-door utility, Toyota Sequoia 4x4 four-door utility, Toyota Tundra 4x2 four-door pickup.
Rated for side impact are the Audi A4 four-door sedan, Ford Thunderbird Convertible, Nissan Altima four-door sedan, Buick Rendezvous 4x4 four-door utility, Honda CR-V 4x4 four-door utility, Honda CR-V 4x4 four-door utility with side air bags, Isuzu Axiom 4x4 four-door utility, and the Honda Odyssey Van.
Beginning with release of today's data, NHTSA is specifically noting safety concerns that arise as a result of its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) tests and that are not reflected in the dummy measurements used to calculate star ratings. In today's and future advisories, NHTSA will identify the vehicles that have such safety concerns.
During the side impact test of the Buick Rendezvous, the driver's door unlatched and opened. The Rendezvous is equipped with standard automatic door locks, but NHTSA test protocol requires that the doors be unlocked. A General Motors test showed that the door remained closed under similar test conditions when the automatic door locks are activated. A door opening during a side impact crash increases the likelihood of occupant ejection.
The New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) reports rollover resistance ratings and crash test results in a range of one to five stars, with five stars showing the best safety protection for vehicles. Frontal tests should be compared only within the same weight class.
A fact sheet, containing explanatory information and tables showing NCAP
rollover resistance ratings and crash tests results for model year 2002
vehicles, can be obtained by calling the NHTSA Office of Public and Consumer
Affairs, 202-366-9550; the Auto Safety Hotline, 1-888-327-4236; or by writing
to NHTSA Public Affairs, Room 5232, 400 Seventh St., S.W., Washington, DC.
The rollover resistance ratings and crash test information is
available at NHTSA's web site by clicking on ``Crash Tests'' under ``Popular
Information'' in the index on the left side of the screen.
NHTSA Rollover Ratings and Crash Test Results Make and Model Size Curb Frontal Frontal Side Side Rollover Class Weight Driver Pass- Driver Pass- Rating (lbs) enger enger Acura RSX 2-DR. w/SAB Medium 2776 TBT TBT TBT TBT 4 Audi A4 4-DR. w/SAB Medium 3420 TBT TBT 5 4 TBR Buick Rendezvous 4-DR. No No No No 4x2 w/SAB SUV 3925 Test Test Test Test 3 Buick Rendezvous 4-DR. 4x4 w/SAB SUV 4106 3 3 5* 5 3 Chevrolet Blazer 2-DR. No No No No 4x2 SUV 3716 Test Test Test Test 1 Chevrolet Blazer 2-DR. No No 4x4 SUV 4182 3 4 Test Test 2 Chevrolet Malibu 4-DR. Medium 3054 4 4 3 4 4 No No Chrysler 300M 4-DR. Heavy 3598 3# 4 Test Test 4 Daewoo Nubira 4 DR. Light 2795 TBT TBT TBT TBT 4 Ford Explorer Sport No No No No 2-DR 4x2 SUV 3818 Test Test Test Test 2 Ford Explorer Sport 2-DR 4x4 SUV 4023 TBT TBT TBT TBT 2 Ford Focus 2-DR. Compact 2630 4 4 4 1 4^ No Ford Ranger 4x2 Pickup 3111 TBT TBT 5 Seat 3 No No No No Ford Ranger 4x4 Pickup 3544 Test Test Test Test 2 Ford Thunderbird 2-DR No Convertible Heavy 3751 TBT TBT 5 Seat 5 Honda CR-V 4x4 SUV 3328 5 5 5 5 3 Honda CR-V 4x4 w/SAB SUV 3328 5 5 5 5 3 Honda Odyssey Van Van 4317 TBT TBT 5 5 4 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-DR. No No No No 4x2 SUV 3694 Test Test Test Test 3 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-DR. 4x4 SUV 3902 TBT TBT TBT TBT 3 No No No No Isuzu Axiom 4-DR. 4x2 SUV 3916 Test Test Test Test 3 Isuzu Axiom 4-DR. 4x4 SUV 4119 TBT TBT 5 5 3 Jeep Liberty 4-DR. 4x4 SUV 4067 5 4 5 5 2 Kia Rio Cino 4-DR. No No Wagon Light 2444 4 4 Test Test 4 Kia Sedona Van Van 4702 5 5 5 5 4 Lexus ES 300 4-DR. w/SAB Medium 3456 5 5 5 4 4^ Mazda B-Series 2-DR. No 4x2 Pickup 3111 TBT TBT 5 Seat 3 Mazda B-Series 2-DR. No No No No 4x4 Pickup 3544 Test Test Test Test 2 Mitsubishi Eclipse No 2-DR. HB. Compact 2948 4 4 5 Seat TBR Nissan Altima 4-DR. Medium 3083 TBT TBT 3 4 TBR Toyota Avalon 4-DR. w/SAB Medium 3411 4 4 4 5 4^ Toyota Camry 4-DR. Medium 3339 TBT TBT TBT TBT 4^ Toyota Sequoia 4-DR. No No No No 4x2 SUV 5004 Test Test Test Test 3! Toyota Sequoia 4-DR. No No 4x4 SUV 5185 4 5 Test Test TBR Toyota Tundra 4DR. 4x2 Pickup 4678 4 4 TBT TBT TBR * If Door Unlocked, Increased Risk of Ejection # High Likelihood of Thigh Injury ^ Electronic Stability Control Available ! Electronic Stability Control Standard TBT = To Be Tested TBR = To Be Rated SAB = Side Air Bag