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1996 Mazda Protege

Small car
  • Moderate overlap front
    A
1
Antilock brakes (optional)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2003
A
2002
A
2001
A
2000
A
1999
A
1998
A
1997
A
1996
A
1995
A

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.

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 vehicle1997 Mazda Protege LX 4-door
Weight 2,498 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase103 in.
Length175 in.
Width67 in.
Engine1.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings25 mpg city / 33 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF97017
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 IDCF97017
Head
HIC-15324
Peak gs at hard contact9.000000
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 - left0.75
Maximum tibia index - right1.18
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left59
Right124

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