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1998 Nissan Maxima

Midsize moderately priced car
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  • Moderate overlap front
    A
1
Side airbags: front seat-mounted torso airbags (optional on 1998-99 Maxima models, standard on 1998-99 I30 models)
2
Antilock brakes (optional on Maxima, standard on I30)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
A
G
G
A
M
2013
A
G
G
A
M
2012
A
G
G
A
M
2011
A
G
G
A
M
2010
A
G
G
A
M
2009
A
G
G
A
M
2008
G
M
M
2007
G
M
M
2006
G
M
P
2005
G
M
P
2004
G
M
P
2003
A
2002
A
2001
A
2000
A
1999
A
1998
A
1997
A
1996
P
1995
P

Applies to 1997-99 models

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

The Nissan Maxima was redesigned for the 1995 model year and the Infiniti I30 was introduced in the 1996 model year. Both were structurally modified for 1997 to improve performance in frontal offset crashes.

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 tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible. Forces on the right knee and right tibia indicate that injuries to the knee and lower leg would be possible. Head acceleration from the B-pillar hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the upper anchorage of the shoulder belt on the B-pillar. There was too much upward movement of the steering wheel.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1998 Nissan Maxima GXE 4-door
Weight 3,012 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase106 in.
Length189 in.
Width70 in.
Engine3.0 L V6
EPA ratings21 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF97024
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)22
Left (cm)30
Center (cm)28
Right (cm)21
Brake pedal (cm)20
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)10
Right (cm)7
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)10
Rearward (cm)-7
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)10

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF97024
Head
HIC-15309
Peak gs at hard contact28
Neck
Tension (kN)1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm)31
Maximum Nij 0.29
Chest maximum compression (mm)30
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)3.4
Femur force - right (kN)2.9
Knee displacement - left (mm)6
Knee displacement - right (mm)13
Maximum tibia index - left1.08
Maximum tibia index - right0.66
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN)4.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left62
Right73

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