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2008 Mazda 3 4-door sedan

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    M
2008 Mazda 3 4-door sedan
2008 Mazda 3 4-door sedan
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags with front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard beginning with 2009 models, optional in 2004-08 models)
2
Electronic stability control (optional beginning with 2007 models)
3
Antilock brakes (optional)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
G
G
G
G
G
2013
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
G
2010
G
G
G
2009
G
M
2008
G
P
M
2007
G
P
M
2006
G
P
M
2005
G
P
M
2004
G
M

Applies to 2004-09 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Mazda 3 was introduced in the 2004 model year as a replacement for the Protege.

Injury measures

Measures taken from dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof rail.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2004 Mazda 3 s 4-door
Weight 2,853 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase104 in.
Length179 in.
Width69 in.
Engine2.3 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings24 mpg city / 29 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0418
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)5
Left (cm)8
Center (cm)6
Right (cm)4
Brake pedal (cm)4
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)2
Right (cm)1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)1
Rearward (cm)5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0418
Head
HIC-15198
Peak gs at hard contact22
Neck
Tension (kN)1.5
Extension bending moment (Nm)21
Maximum Nij 0.28
Chest maximum compression (mm)28
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.9
Femur force - right (kN)2.1
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)9
Maximum tibia index - left0.29
Maximum tibia index - right0.62
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left59
Right67

Applies to 2005-08 models

Overall evaluation
P
Structure and safety cage
A
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
P
Torso
P
Pelvis/leg
M
Head protection
P
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
A
Torso
A
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
M
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Mazda 3 was introduced in the 2004 model year as a replacement for the Protege.

All 2005 and later Mazda 3 models manufactured after August 2004 include door trim panel changes to improve occupant protection in side-impact crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door). Beginning with 2009 models, side airbags were made standard.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that serious skull fracture and/or brain injuries plus rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be likely in a crash of this severity. A fracture of the pelvis also would be possible.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that head injuries plus rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be possible in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was hit by the intruding barrier, producing high head injury measures.

Passenger — The dummy's head was hit by the window frame and window sill of the rear passenger door, producing moderately high head injury measures.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2005 Mazda 3 i 4-door
Weight 2,800 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase104 in.
Length178 in.
Width69 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings26 mpg city / 34 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0430
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-5.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0430
Head HIC-152,504
Neck
Tension (kN)2.0
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)61
Lateral force (kN)3.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)58
Average deflection (mm)48
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)6.70
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)1.60
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)3.7
Acetabulum force (kN)3.2
Combined force (kN)6.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.5
L-M moment (Nm)68
A-P moment (Nm) 41

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0430
Head HIC-15674
Neck
Tension (kN)1.3
Compression (kN)0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)40
Lateral force (kN)2.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)43
Average deflection (mm)37
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.61
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)1.02
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.7
Acetabulum force (kN)2.9
Combined force (kN)3.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.8
L-M moment (Nm)158
A-P moment (Nm) -42

Applies to 2004-09 models

Overall evaluation
M
Dynamic rating
M
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Base seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeBase seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)52
Distance below top of head (mm)55
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)11.9
Head contact time (ms)86
Force ratingModerate
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)116
Max neck tension (N)984

Applies to 2004-09 models

Overall evaluation
M
Dynamic rating
M
Seat/head restraint geometry
A
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Seats with adjustable lumbar

How this test is conducted

Seat typeSeats with adjustable lumbar
Geometry
Backset (mm)48
Distance below top of head (mm)65
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)10.4
Head contact time (ms)104
Force ratingModerate
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)138
Max neck tension (N)839

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