Mazda 6261998-2002 models
MODERATE OVERLAP FRONT TEST
|Structure/safety cage||Injury measures||Restraints/dummy kinematics|
|Head/neck||Chest||Leg/foot, left||Leg/foot, right|
Important: Frontal crash test ratings can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
Good Acceptable Marginal Poor
The Mazda 626 was redesigned for the 1998 model year.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy moved toward the driver door, and its head hit the B-pillar.
Injury measures — Measures taken from the neck, chest, and legs indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the B-pillar, indicating that injuries to the head would be possible. The dummy's left knee hit a metal brace through a crack in the knee bolster, which gashed the vinyl "skin" at the knee.
Left to right:
- Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.
- The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well.
- Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the B-pillar and shoulder belt anchorage during rebound, producing a high head acceleration.
- The dummy's left knee and shin hit and cracked the knee bolster, and an underlying metal brace gashed the vinyl "skin" at the knee.
- Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags (optional, beginning with 2000 models)
- Antilock brakes (optional)
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 1999 Mazda 626 LX 4-door
- Class: Midsize moderately priced car
- Weight: 2,866 lbs.
- Side airbags: none
- Wheelbase: 105 in.
- Length: 187 in.
- Width: 69 in.
- Engine: 2.0 L four-cylinder
- EPA ratings: 22 mpg city | 29 mpg highway