Crash Test 1999 -Discontinued Pontiac Grand Am / Oldsmobile Alero (Frontal Impact) IIHS

Pontiac Grand Am 1999-2005 models results also apply to: 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero FRONTAL OFFSET TEST OVERALL EVALUATION: Poor Structure/safety cage Injury measures Restraints/dummy kinematics Head/neck Chest Leg/foot, left Leg/foot, right Marginal Acceptable Good Good Marginal Poor Important: Frontal crash test ratings can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight. Test details: The Pontiac Grand Am was redesigned for the 1999 model year and the Oldsmobile Alero was introduced in the 1999 model year. Note: 2005 model Grand Am sedans were sold as new cars only to fleets and were discontinued altogether after the 2005 model year. The Alero was discontinued after the 2004 model year. Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. During rebound, the dummy moved toward the driver door, which had bowed outward, and its head hit the window sill. Then the head moved up and back and hit the B-pillar. Plus there was too much upward movement of the steering wheel. Injury measures — Measures taken from the neck and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the B-pillar, indicating that injuries to the head would be possible. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible. Head acceleration from the window sill hit was low.

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