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1995 Mazda Protege

Small car
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    A

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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2003
A
Crash avoidance rating
2002
A
Crash avoidance rating
2001
A
Crash avoidance rating
2000
A
Crash avoidance rating
1999
A
Crash avoidance rating
1998
A
Crash avoidance rating
1997
A
Crash avoidance rating
1996
A
Crash avoidance rating
1995
A
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 1995-98 models

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

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

The Mazda Protege was redesigned for the 1995 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, chest, and left leg indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible. Head acceleration from the window frame hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. The belt lengthened excessively, allowing the dummy's right knee to hit the ignition switch. During rebound, the dummy moved toward the driver door. Its head went through the open window and, as the dummy's head re-entered the vehicle, it hit the window frame.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 1997 Mazda Protege LX 4-door
Weight 2,498 lbs.
Side airbags none
Wheelbase 103 in.
Length 175 in.
Width 67 in.
Engine 1.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 25 mpg city / 33 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CF97017
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 21
Left (cm) 28
Center (cm) 29
Right (cm) 19
Brake pedal (cm) 20
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 6
Right (cm) 2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 9
Rearward (cm) -1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 7

Driver injury measures

Test ID CF97017
Head
HIC-15 324
Peak gs at hard contact 9
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 22
Maximum Nij 0.32
Chest maximum compression (mm) 30
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 3.3
Femur force - right (kN) 2.9
Knee displacement - left (mm) 9
Knee displacement - right (mm) 7
Maximum tibia index - left 0.75
Maximum tibia index - right 1.18
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 59
Right 124
1
Antilock brakes (optional)

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