Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia Wagon Touring: Collision Tests
NASVA's collision test results of Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia Wagon Touring show low level of passenger protection performance in case of full-wrap and offset frontal collision test related to driver's seat passenger. Details follow.
Manufacturer: Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
Class: Passenger Cars B Displacement 1500 cc to 2000 cc or less(excluding 1BOX and Minivan)
Type: 5 Door station wagon
Available: From October 2001
The test vehicle is made to collide head-on on the driver's side (at an offset of 40%) with an aluminum honeycomb. There is a significant degree of deformation to the body of the vehicle, which makes it well suited to evaluating injury to passengers. This test results should be compared to vehicles of similar weights. [From NASVA's website]
Driver Side protection in case of offset front collision was rated as level 3 - with 5 being the best. However the actual rating on a continuous scale was just above 2, making this vehicle unsuitable for driver side safety.Head, neck, check and legs may be at risk of injury for such low level of safety.
In this test, the vehicle is made to collide with a concrete barrier at a rate of 55km/h (my note: about 35 miles/hour). The dummies are checked for injuries to the head, neck, chest and legs, the vehicle is checked for damage and deformation, and the results are used to evaluate the degree of passenger protection in 5 levels. Note that the results of this test do not apply to collisions at extremely high speeds,and other types of collisions such as when passengers are not wearing seatbelts, and collisions in which one of the vehicles is a large truck. Additionally, the results of this test can only be compared in the case of vehicles with similar weights. [From NASVA's site]
Driver side protection was weak again. Lancer Cedia Wagon Touring scored slightly below 3 (out of 5) in terms of driver's seat safety.
Among the passenger injuries which occur in automobile collisions, side collisions cause the most damage next to frontal collisions. In this test, a truck with a weight of 950 kg [about 2100 pounds] is made to collide at a speed of 55 km/h [about 35 miles/hour] with the side of a stationary test vehicle with a dummy in the driver's seat. The dummy is checked for injuries to the head, chest, abdomen, and pelvis, and the results are used to evaluate the degree of passenger protection in 5 levels.
The front of the truck, which has been made to look like a normal passenger car, has also been outfitted with a shockabsorbent aluminum honeycomb which provides a similar degree of hardness as such a vehicle.
Actual collisions of this type tend to occur at speeds lower than that of this test. Note that the results of this test do not apply to collisions at extremely high speeds, and other types of collisions such as when passengers are not wearing seatbelts, and collisions in which one of the vehicles is a large truck.
Driver side protection was just above level 3, barely meeting acceptable standard. Level 4 and level 5 are desirable.
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(Last Updated: February 9, 2004.)