Special Crash Investigations: On-Site Disparate Injury Child Restraint System Crash Investigation; Vehicle: 2007 Chevrolet Malibu; Location: Illinois; Crash Date: October 2017

This on-site investigation documents the side impact crash of a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu that had a child seated in a child restraint system (CRS) who sustained no police-reported injuries and a driver who sustained fatal injuries. The crash occurred at the four-leg intersection of a five-lane, divided, U.S. highway and a two-lane, undivided county roadway. The 4-door Chevrolet sedan was equipped with multi-stage frontal air bags and side impact inflatable curtain air bags. A belted 21-year-old female drove the vehicle and a 19-month-old male was seated in the second-row right position in an Evenflo Tribute convertible CRS secured by a lap and shoulder seat belt. The Chevrolet was initially stopped at a stop sign on the northwest leg of the intersection. A 2009 Mitsubishi Galant was traveling south in the right through lane approaching the intersection. The Chevrolet proceeded across the path of the Mitsubishi intending to turn. The left plane of the Chevrolet was struck by the front plane of the Mitsubishi (event 1). The impact actuated the Chevrolet’s front-seat seat belt pretensioners as well as deployed the driver's frontal and the left IC air bags. The Mitsubishi driver’s frontal air bag also deployed. The Chevrolet then crashed into a concrete bridge rail. The Chevrolet driver sustained police-reported "K" (fatal) injuries and was transported to the coroner’s office. The child in the Chevrolet 's CRS did not sustain any police-reported injuries but was transported by ambulance to a hospital for evaluation. The driver of the Mitsubishi sustained police-reported "A" (incapacitating) injuries and was transported by ambulance to a medical facility.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 32p

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01745070
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 812 965, IN17034
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-12-C-00270
  • Created Date: Jun 29 2020 11:23AM