2003 Cadillac CTS

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MSN Autos acquires crash test data provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These organizations provide data for specific types of tests, which are valuable to consumers and worth observing.

NHTSA Frontal Crash Test

NHTSA rates crash-tested vehicles by assigning them one to five stars, with five stars indicating the most injury protection and one star indicating the least protection.
  CTS
Driver Front  11-20 percent or greater chance of serious injury 
Passenger Front  11-20 percent or greater chance of serious injury 

IIHS Frontal Offset Crash Test

About IIHS
Each vehicle’s frontal offset crashworthiness is based on performance in a 40 mph frontal offset crash test.  Ratings depend on how well the structure/safety cage protects the occupant compartment, the risk of injury measured for an average-sized male, and how well the restraint system controls occupant movement.
Rating Key:
G Good A Acceptable M Marginal P Poor
Injury measures
Vehicle make/model OVERALL Structure/ safety cage Head/ neck Chest Leg/foot left, right Restraints/ dummy kinematics
2003 Cadillac CTSAGAGGMG
(Tested: 2003 Cadillac CTS 4-door - Mfg. before 10/02)
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2003 Cadillac CTSGGGGGGG
(Tested: 2003 Cadillac CTS 4-door - Mfg. after 09/02)
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IIHS Frontal Offset Crash Video

IIHS Frontal Offset Crash Photos

Action shot taken during the first of two frontal offset crash tests. – © Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Action shot taken during the first of two frontal offset crash tests.
Action shot taken during the second of two frontal offset crash tests. – © Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Action shot taken during the second of two frontal offset crash tests.
The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the first crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well. – © Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the first crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.
The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the second crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well. – © Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the second crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.
A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head bottomed out the airbag and hit the steering wheel in the first test. – © Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head bottomed out the airbag and hit the steering wheel in the first test.
Loading of the head into the airbag is shown in this photo taken during the second test. – © Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Loading of the head into the airbag is shown in this photo taken during the second test.
Forces on the lower right leg were high enough to indicate the possibility of injury in the first test. – © Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Forces on the lower right leg were high enough to indicate the possibility of injury in the first test.
Dummies' knees and/or shins routinely hit and often damage the areas under the dashboard. These areas are smoothly contoured in the CTS. – © Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Dummies' knees and/or shins routinely hit and often damage the areas under the dashboard. These areas are smoothly contoured in the CTS.
The crashworthiness data for this vehicle has been obtained from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and is protected by copyrights and other proprietary rights. You may reproduce a copy of the data for personal use only. You may not repost, distribute, sell, publish, broadcast, or any other way commercially exploit any of the data without written permission from the Institute.

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