1998 Nissan Sentra

small car / 4-door sedan

1998 Nissan Sentra 4-door sedan


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front: original test


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Moderate overlap front: original test

Rating applies to 1998-99 models

Tested vehicle: 1998 Nissan Sentra GXE 4-door

The Nissan Sentra was redesigned for the 1995 model year and structurally modified beginning with 1998 models to improve occupant protection in offset crashes.

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. During rebound, the dummy moved toward the driver door, then its head went through the open window and hit the B-pillar.

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.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CF97021
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 15
Left (cm) 28
Center (cm) 26
Right (cm) 18
Brake pedal (cm) 21
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 8
Right (cm) 4
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 6
Rearward (cm) 5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 11

Driver injury measures

Test ID CF97021
HIC-15 280
Peak gs at hard contact 85
Tension (kN) 1.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 19
Maximum Nij 0.35
Chest maximum compression (mm) 38
Femur force - left (kN) 3.3
Femur force - right (kN) 2.0
Knee displacement - left (mm) 16
Knee displacement - right (mm) 7
Maximum tibia index - left 1.00
Maximum tibia index - right 0.60
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.5
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 95
Right 111

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

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