Mitsubishi Car Front Crash/Impact Results

Mitsubishi Cars Crash

New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationin (NHTSA) started out with front collision tests. It started side crash-testing vehicles from 1997. It began with model year 1997 cars, then in 1999 started testing light trucks, sport utility vehicles and vans. Rollover collisions have been added too.

From NCAP's website

How does NHTSA perform frontal-crash test and rate vehicles?

For testing frontal collisions, crash-test dummies are placed in driver and front passenger seats and secured with the vehicle's seat belts. Vehicles are crashed into a fixed barrier at 35 miles per hour (mph), which is equivalent to a head-on collision between two similar vehicles each moving at 35 mph. Since the test reflects a crash between two similar vehicles, make sure you compare vehicles from the same weight class, ± 250 lbs., when looking at frontal crash protection ratings.

Instruments measure the force of impact to each dummy's head, chest, and legs. The resulting information indicates a belted person's chances of incurring a serious injury in the event of a crash. In the explanation of ratings below, a serious injury is one requiring immediate hospitalization and may be life threatening.

NHTSA's NCAP Program crashes the full width of the front of a vehicle into a rigid barrier. This maximizes the energy absorbed by the front of the vehicle so that the occupant compartment is more likely to remain intact. The full frontal tests produce high level occupant compartment decelerations, making them very demanding of the restraint systems, thus providing better information on the safety features and their performance.

NCAP Front Collision Star Rating

Depending on the weight of a vehicle, it can be compared to other vehicles in it's class. Since a frontal crash test into a fixed barrier is similar to a crash between two vehicles of the same weight, the frontal crash test results can only be compared to other vehicles in the same weight class and those plus or minus 250 lbs.

5 Star: 10% or less chance of serious injury

4 Star: 11% to 20% chance of serious injury

3 Star: 21% to 35% chance of serious injury

2 Star: 36% to 45% chance of serious injury

1 Star: 46% or greater chance of serious injury

Note: in 1999, there were about 4.6 million side collisions resulting in loss of over 12,000 lives and many more seriously injured.

Mitsubishi Front Collision Results

Only those getting a "failing " grade - 1 or 2 stars are listed here. Many Mitsubishi vehicles have not been tested.

Driver Front

1991 Mitsubishi Galant 4-DR. - 2 Star

1992 Mitsubishi Galant 4-DR. - 2 Star

1993 Mitsubishi Galant 4-DR. - 2 Star

Mitsubishi with 3 Star Ratings

There are a few other Mitsubishi vehicles that scored low - 3 Star rating. While 3 Star ratings can be "technically" considered passing - why take chances with your and your dear ones when they can buy cars with 4 and 5 Star ratings - 5 preferred.

Driver Front

1995 Mitsubishi Mighty Max 2-DR.

1996 Mitsubishi Mirage 2-DR.

1997 Mitsubishi Montero 4-DR. 4x4

1996 Mitsubishi Mighty Max

1994 Mitsubishi Mighty Max 2-DR

1992 Mitsubishi Mighty Max 2-DR.

1993 Mitsubishi Montero 4-DR. 4x4

1993 Mitsubishi Mirage 4-DR

1993 Mitsubishi Mighty Max 2-DR.

Passenger Front

1995 Mitsubishi Mighty Max 2-DR.

1996 Mitsubishi Mirage 2-DR.

1997 Mitsubishi Montero 4-DR. 4x4

1996 Mitsubishi Mighty Max

1994 Mitsubishi Mighty Max 2-DR

1992 Mitsubishi Mighty Max 2-DR.

1993 Mitsubishi 3000 GT 2-DR.

1993 Mitsubishi Mighty Max 2-DR.

2001 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 4-DR. 4x4

2002 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 4-DR. 4x4

Comments by NCAP regarding 2002 Mitsubishi Montero Sport : During the side impact test, the head of the left rear passenger dummy struck the side upper interior structure (“C-pillar”), causing a high head acceleration. Head impact events resulting in high accelerations have a higher likelihood of serious head trauma.

2003 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 4-DR. 4x4

2002 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 4-DR. 4x4

2004 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 4-DR. 4x4


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