1996 Nissan Maxima

midsize car / 4-door sedan

1996 Nissan Maxima 4-door sedan
1995 Nissan Maxima shown

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 1995-96 models

Tested vehicle: 1995 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.

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 wasn't well controlled. The driver seat came loose on its tracks and moved forward 8.5 inches on the right side, where the safety belt is anchored, and 3 inches on the left side. Both legs jammed against the instrument panel. The right knee hit the ignition key, producing a gash in the vinyl "skin" of the dummy at its knee.

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

Structural performance in the offset test was acceptable, but injury measures taken from the instrumented driver dummy during the crash were poor.

The dummy's knees jammed against the instrument panel, and there was a gash in the vinyl "skin" at the right knee.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CF95012
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 19
Left (cm) 28
Center (cm) 28
Right (cm) 22
Brake pedal (cm) 20
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 7
Right (cm) 3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 11
Rearward (cm) 6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 8

Driver injury measures

Test ID CF95012
Head
HIC-15 549
Peak gs at hard contact 88
Neck
Tension (kN) 2.7
Extension bending moment (Nm) 16
Maximum Nij 0.52
Chest maximum compression (mm) 25
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 3.2
Femur force - right (kN) 5.9
Knee displacement - left (mm) 8
Knee displacement - right (mm) 14
Maximum tibia index - left 1.42
Maximum tibia index - right 1.44
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 6.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 106
Right 81

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted