1998 Nissan Frontier

small pickup / Regular cab pickup

1998 Nissan Frontier Regular cab pickup


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front: original test


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Moderate overlap front: original test

Rating applies to 1998-2004 models

Tested vehicle: 1998 Nissan Frontier XE regular cab

The Nissan Frontier was introduced in the 1998 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. There was too much upward movement of the steering wheel. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat. Then it moved toward the driver door, which had bowed outward, and its head hit the B-pillar.

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

Post-crash damage shot.

The steering wheel moved up sharply during the offset test. This contributed to the dummy's head bottoming out the airbag and hitting the wheel.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CF98005
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 20
Left (cm) 23
Center (cm) 21
Right (cm) 15
Brake pedal (cm) 23
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 8
Right (cm) 8
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 14
Rearward (cm) 3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 4

Driver injury measures

Test ID CF98005
HIC-15 642
Peak gs at hard contact 84
Tension (kN) 1.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 13
Maximum Nij 0.36
Chest maximum compression (mm) 38
Femur force - left (kN) 0.4
Femur force - right (kN) 3.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 9
Maximum tibia index - left 1.40
Maximum tibia index - right 1.17
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 7.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 4.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 203
Right 133

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

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