Testers disocovered a problem with the car’s side airbag sensor during initial testing. Investigation showed that its software had been programmed incorrectly.
As a result, Nissan initiated aEurope-wide recall to ensure that Tino airbags operate correctly. The second test using a car with an altered sensor had a successful outcome. The Tino model otherwise performed well in testing.
The airbag and restraint system worked well as did the body structure, which remained stable and provided a safe zone for passengers. Driver and passenger front airbags were fitted as standard.
Beneath the steering column there are areas the driver’s knees would probably strike and suffer injuries. Nissan has provided supported padding but it was too thin to protect reliably.
The front seat belts were load limiting and were equipped with reel-mounted pre-tensioners that reduce the risk of injury for the occupants. The centre rear seat was equipped with a three-point inertia reel belt which gives superior protection to that of a lap belt.
In the side impact and pole tests, the Tino gained full marks for protection, thanks largely to its head and chest side airbag. This failed in the first test but was corrected in time for a re-test.
The rear outboard seat belts are designed to tighten around a child restraint, if first fully extended. A text label on the belt webbing explained in three languages their use. While the passenger airbag warning label on the stowed passenger’s sun visor was well designed it could peel off easily. The restraints nominated by Nissan for testing were forward-facing universal Romer King and Peggy seats. The 18-month-old was protected in his seat but a high neck load was recorded, giving rise to injury fears. This is likely when a forward-facing seat is used for such a young child. The 3-year-old was not well protected in either test.
The bonnet and bumper gave limited protection to pedestrians. The bonnet leading edge’s was not at all ‘pedestrian-friendly’.