Nissan have modified the Navara to address some of the areas that caused greatest concern when the car was originally tested. The software that controls airbag firing has been revised and, in this test, the airbags deployed as intended. As a result, protection of the head and neck was good for both driver and passenger. However, the passenger compartment was again unstable which, combined with the chest compression measured by the dummy, led to protection of the driver's chest being rated as weak. Structures in the dashboard presented a risk of injury to the knees and femurs of both the driver and passenger. There was extensive deformation of the driver's footwell and the car was penalised because the lower chassis rail punched a hole in the toeboard. Dummy readings indicated weak protection of the driver 's lower legs and rearward movement of the pedals led to protection of the feet and ankles being rated as poor. Nissan have instigated a service campaign to upgrade D40 Navaras (from VSKCVND40U0016577) with the revised airbag software. Euro NCAP strongly encourages owners to have their vehicles upgraded if invited to do so by Nissan.
The Navara scored maximum points in the side impact test. A head-protecting airbag is not standard equipment so a pole test was not performed
The Navara scored maximum points for its protection of the 3 year old, based on the dummy readings in the frontal and side impact tests. The presence of ISOFIX anchorages in the rear outboard seats was not clearly marked. The warning label on the passenger's sun visor clearly conveyed the dangers of using a rearward facing child restraint in that seating position without first disabling the airbag. Information provided by Nissan about the languages in which child restraint labels are available has increased the child protection score and the rating has improved from three to four stars.
The part of the bonnet surface most likely to be hit by an adult's head was rated predominantly fair for the protection it offered. All other areas - bonnet surface likely to hit by a child's head, the front edge of the bonnet and the bumper - were rated as predominantly poor.