In the Institute's side crash test, the Titan's side-crash protection was rated as "Marginal" even with body-protecting side airbags installed. Without them, performance was "Poor." (The Institute rates crash-test performance on a four-grade scale: Good, Acceptable, Marginal and Poor.)
The Titan's crash protection could be helped by a combination of structural, airbag and door-trim modifications, the Institute said.
"We will continue to review, evaluate and, as necessary, take these results into consideration along with additional outside data," Nissan said in a statement responding to the test results.
In seperate crash tests by the federal government, the Titan earned four out of a possible five stars for side impact-protection.
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