2016 Nissan Maxima Earns Five-Star Safety Ratings

September 2, 2015

The federal government recently posted its safety ratings for the 2016 Nissan Maxima, and in New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing this fully redesigned sporty sedan earned perfect five-star occupant safety scores in all areas—including the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover catagories.

That includes nearly all the subcategories of testing. A four-star rating in the side pole test, which simulates a side impact with a tree or utility pole at 20 mph, was the only exception.

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Safety ratings from the other major U.S. agency testing vehicles for occupant safety, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), are anticipated, but they haven’t been conducted for the new model.

It hasn’t been completely smooth sailing, however, as the federal government did note one other issue with the new Maxima: During frontal crash testing, the fuel system leaked about 20 ounces (0.16 gallons).

This is associated with the fire-risk recall announced for the Maxima earlier last month; and with the frontal test for the Maxima conducted back on July 10.

That recall covers 5,458 new 2016 Maxima sedans in the U.S. built until June 2—those vehicles had been affected by a stop-sale, but with a dealership fix all sales have resumed in recent weeks.

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