Special Crash Investigations On-Site Rollover Investigation; Vehicle: 2015 Chevrolet Cruze; Location: California; Crash Date: December 2015

The interest in this on-site investigation was the dynamics of a 2015 Chevrolet Cruze involved in rollover crash. The Chevrolet is compliant with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 226, Ejection Mitigation, a rule established to reduce the partial and complete ejection of vehicle occupants through side windows in crashes, particularly rollover crashes. The crash occurred during evening hours in December 2015 on a four-lane, northbound interstate highway in California. The Chevrolet was being driven northbound in the first lane from the right by a belted 46-year-old male. The other vehicle involved in the crash was a 2001 Mack CV500 medium-heavy truck cement mixer being driven by a 28-year-old male in the second lane from the right. The police report indicated the Chevrolet was traveling approximately 40 km/h (25 mph) faster than the Mack. For unknown reasons, the Chevrolet changed lanes to the left and the front plane of the vehicle struck the back plane of the Mack. The Chevrolet was displaced to the right and subsequently overturned before coming to rest on the right shoulder. Following the crash, the Mack was brought to a controlled stop. The Chevrolet was equipped with frontal and knee air bags for the front row, seat-mounted side impact air bags for both rows and combination roll-sensing/side impact inflatable curtain (IC) airbags for both rows. During the crash, the driver’s frontal, knee, and both IC air bags deployed. The driver of the Chevrolet sustained police-reported “B” (non- incapacitating) injuries and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. The driver of the Mack was not injured and the Mack was driven from the scene. The Chevrolet was towed due to damage and declared to be a total loss.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 63p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01671684
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 812 535, Case No. DS16005
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-12-C-00271
  • Created Date: May 16 2018 12:15PM