1998 Infiniti I30

midsize luxury car / 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 1997-99 models

Tested vehicle: 1998 Nissan Maxima GXE 4-door

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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver 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.

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.

Intrusion into the footwell area contributed to the possibility of lower leg injury.

Rear bumpers on 1995-96 models allowed more than $2,000 damage in a 5 mph pole impact (left). Bumpers on 1997-99s are much improved. They allowed little damage in the same test (right).

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CF97024
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 ID CF97024
Head
HIC-15 309
Peak gs at hard contact 28
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 - left 1.08
Maximum tibia index - right 0.66
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 4.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 62
Right 73

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted