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2005 Nissan Altima

Midsize moderately priced car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    P
  • Head restraints & seats
    A
Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
See below for ratings based on manufacture date.
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags with front seat-mounted 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 2002-06 models

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

The Nissan Altima was redesigned for the 2002 model year.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of the Altima in two 40 mph frontal offset crash tests into deformable barriers. In the first test, the airbag deployed late. This led Nissan to modify the airbag crash sensors on 2002 models produced after March 15, 2002 plus Nissan has initiated a service campaign to modify the sensors at its cost for the models produced earlier. The Institute tested a second Altima with the modified sensor, and the airbag inflated much earlier. Ratings of the Altima are based on the results of the second test, except structural performance is based on both tests.

Injury measures

In the second test, measures taken from the head, neck, chest, and right leg indicate low risk of injury to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the left tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled in the second test. The dummy rebounded into the seat without its head hitting any stiff structure that could cause injury. However, the driver's seat pitched forward slightly, tipped toward the door, and moved forward slightly on its inboard track, where the safety belt buckle is anchored.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4-door
Weight 3,150 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase110 in.
Length192 in.
Width70 in.
Engine2.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings23 mpg city / 29 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0211CEF0203
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)1110
Left (cm)1514
Center (cm)1714
Right (cm)1712
Brake pedal (cm)199
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)52
Right (cm)41
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)33
Rearward (cm)-22
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)22

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0211
Head
HIC-15145
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)0.1
Extension bending moment (Nm)15
Maximum Nij 0.24
Chest maximum compression (mm)28
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.6
Femur force - right (kN)2.1
Knee displacement - left (mm)1
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left1.00
Maximum tibia index - right0.69
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left51
Right50

Applies to 2002-06 models

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

The Nissan Altima was redesigned for the 2002 model year. Beginning with 2005 models, door changes were made to improve occupant protection in side-impact crashes. (Nissan reported that these door changes would not significantly affect side-impact performance in models without side airbags; therefore, the overall side impact rating for 2002-05 models without side airbags is the same.)

When side airbags are optional, as in this vehicle, the Institute conducts the test without this option. If a manufacturer offering optional side airbags requests the Institute to conduct an additional test of a vehicle with this option and agrees to reimburse the cost of the vehicle, a second test is conducted. Nissan did not request such a test.

Injury measures

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

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that serious neck injuries would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Head protection

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

Passenger — The dummy's head hit the window sill of the rear passenger door, producing moderately high neck injury measures. Hitting the window areas should be prevented.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4-door
Weight 3,095 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase110 in.
Length192 in.
Width70 in.
Engine2.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings23 mpg city / 29 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0405
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.
4.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0405
Head HIC-152,609
Neck
Tension (kN)3.0
Compression (kN)0.7
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)57
Lateral force (kN)3.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)43
Average deflection (mm)36
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)6.92
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)1.07
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)5.2
Acetabulum force (kN)3.1
Combined force (kN)7.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.8
L-M moment (Nm)258
A-P moment (Nm) 55

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0405
Head HIC-15443
Neck
Tension (kN)2.3
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)25
Lateral force (kN)1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)43
Average deflection (mm)34
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.35
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.70
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.6
Acetabulum force (kN)2.0
Combined force (kN)2.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.2
L-M moment (Nm)109
A-P moment (Nm) -55

Applies to 2005-06 models built after August 2004

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

Seat type

All seats (AHR)

How this test is conducted

Seat typeAll seats (AHR)
Geometry
Backset (mm)85
Distance below top of head (mm)70
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)9.7
Head contact time (ms)64
Force ratingModerate
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)221
Max neck tension (N)660

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