FINAL REPORT OF 1991 PLYMOUTH ACCLAIM REAR IMPACT CNG FUEL TANK INTEGRITY

A gasoline-powered vehicle was converted to operate as a dual fueled (gasoline/CNG) vehicle. The conversion met the minimum standards of National Fire Protection Association Procedure Number 52 (NFPA 52). The purpose of this test was to evaluate the suitability of NFPA 52 for ensuring adequate safety in vehicles converted to compressed natural gas (CNG) after first sale. This 48 kph rear impact was conducted on July 6, 1994. The subject vehicle, a 1991 Plymouth Acclaim 4-door sedan, VIN 1P3XA46K7MF666206, was tested according to the rear impact test procedures prescribed in FMVSS 303. The actual impact speed was 49.3 kph. In the hour following the impact, a pressure drop of 132 kPa was recorded, which is well within the requirements specified in FMVSS 303 for OEM vehicles.

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  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 78 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00723733
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: VRTC 940706, HS-808 252
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-88-C-07292
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1996 12:00AM