Nissan Sentra1998-99 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 Nissan Sentra was redesigned for the 1995 model year and structurally modified beginning with 1998 models to improve occupant protection in offset crashes.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. During rebound, the dummy moved toward the driver door, then its head went through the open window and hit the B-pillar.
Injury measures — Measures taken from the chest and right leg 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. Forces on the left knee indicate that injuries to the knee would be possible. Forces on the left tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible.
Left to right:
- Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.
- Although the roof rail began to buckle, the driver's upper interior survival space was maintained reasonably well.
- Footwell and instrument panel intrusion contributed to the risk of injury to the left leg/knee and trapped the right foot.
- Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the B-pillar during the offset test. High head acceleration was recorded from this hit.
- Antilock brakes (optional)
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 1998 Nissan Sentra GXE 4-door
- Class: Small car
- Weight: 2,500 lbs.
- Side airbags: none
- Wheelbase: 100 in.
- Length: 171 in.
- Width: 67 in.
- Engine: 1.6 L 4-cylinder
- EPA ratings: 27 mpg city | 36 mpg highway