Applies to 2014-15 models built after August 2013
|Structure and safety cage|
|Restraints and dummy kinematics|
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
The Ford Fiesta was introduced in the 2011 model year. Beginning with 2014 models built after August 2013, the standard autolock feature, which locks all doors when the vehicle speed exceeds 12 mph, was reprogrammed to prevent consumers from disabling this feature. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.) Drivers of cars built earlier can assure the same level of protection by keeping the autolock feature enabled for cars with power door locks or locking all doors manually. The small overlap frontal ratings also apply to the hatchback version of the Fiesta, also introduced in the 2011 model year.
The driver space was not maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the upper interior of 15-19 cm at the upper hinge pillar and instrument panel. Lower interior intrusion measured 18 cm at the hinge pillar.
Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the head and left lower leg would be possible in a crash of this severity.
Restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 12 cm to the right. Additionally, the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso, contributing to the head hitting the instrument panel. The side curtain airbag deployed but does not have sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects, and the driver's seat tipped forward and toward the B-pillar.
Tested vehicle specifications
|Tested vehicle||2014 Ford Fiesta S 4-door|
|Weight|| 2,625 lbs.|
|Side airbags||front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags|
|Engine||1.6 L 4-cylinder|
|EPA ratings||29 mpg city / 39 mpg highway|
How this test is conducted
Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side
|Lower occupant compartment|
|Lower hinge pillar max (cm)||18|
|Left toepan (cm)||11|
|Brake pedal (cm)||3|
|Parking brake (cm)|
|Rocker panel lateral average (cm)||3|
|Upper occupant compartment|
|Upper hinge pillar max (cm)||19|
|Upper dash (cm)||17|
|Lower instrument panel (cm)||15|
Driver injury measures
|Peak gs at hard contact||77 |
|Tension (kN)||1.7 |
|Extension bending moment (Nm)||43 |
|Maximum Nij ||0.56 |
|Chest maximum compression (mm)||21 |
|Knee displacement (mm)|
|Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)|
|Maximum tibia index|
|Tibia axial force (kN)|
|Foot acceleration (g)|