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2000 Nissan Altima

Midsize moderately priced car
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  • Moderate overlap front
    M
1
Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags (optional)
2
Antilock brakes (optional)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
A
G
G
G
G
2013
A
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
A
A
2011
G
G
A
A
2010
G
G
A
A
2009
G
G
A
A
2008
G
G
A
M
2007
G
G
A
M
2006
G
P
A
2005
G
P
A
2004
G
P
2003
G
P
2002
G
P
2001
M
2000
M

Applies to 2000-01 models

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

The Nissan Altima was redesigned for the 1998 model year and modified beginning with 2000 models to change airbag characteristics.

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 the left knee indicate that injuries to the knee would be possible. Forces on the right tibia inidcate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible. The dummy's left shin hit a metal plate under the knee bolster, which gashed the vinyl "skin" near the knee. Head acceleration from the B-pillar hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. During rebound, the dummy moved toward the driver door, which had bowed outward, and its head approached but did not hit the window sill. Then the head moved up and back and hit the B-pillar. Plus there was too much upward movement of the steering wheel.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2000 Nissan Altima GXE 4-door
Weight 3,025 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase103 in.
Length186 in.
Width69 in.
Engine2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings21 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF00004
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)28
Left (cm)37
Center (cm)34
Right (cm)26
Brake pedal (cm)26
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)15
Right (cm)13
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)11
Rearward (cm)-9
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)15

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF00004
Head
HIC-15316
Peak gs at hard contact8
Neck
Tension (kN)1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm)20
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm)32
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)3.5
Femur force - right (kN)2.2
Knee displacement - left (mm)16
Knee displacement - right (mm)10
Maximum tibia index - left0.68
Maximum tibia index - right0.87
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN)5.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left68
Right94

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