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1999 Mazda Protege

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  • Moderate overlap front
    A
1
Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags (optional, beginning with 2000 models).
2
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 1999-2003 models

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

The Mazda Protege was redesigned for the 1999 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on both tibias indicate that injuries to the lower right leg would be likely and injuries to the lower left leg would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. During rebound, the dummy moved toward the driver door. Its head went part of the way out the open window and approached but didn't hit the window frame.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1999 Mazda Protege LX 4-door
Weight 2,577 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase103 in.
Length174 in.
Width67 in.
Engine1.6 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings26 mpg city / 33 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF99005
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)24
Left (cm)29
Center (cm)27
Right (cm)21
Brake pedal (cm)21
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)6
Right (cm)4
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)4
Rearward (cm)-3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF99005
Head
HIC-15230
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)2.2
Extension bending moment (Nm)33
Maximum Nij 0.52
Chest maximum compression (mm)28
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)4.8
Femur force - right (kN)3.3
Knee displacement - left (mm)1
Knee displacement - right (mm)1
Maximum tibia index - left1.01
Maximum tibia index - right1.54
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left87
Right95

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