Applies to 2015 models
|Structure and safety cage|
|Restraints and dummy kinematics|
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
The Honda Fit was redesigned for the 2015 model year. (The 2014 model year was skipped except for a limited number of plug-in battery-electric variants.) Two small overlap front tests of the Fit were conducted. In the first test, the bumper beam, a steel bar located behind the plastic bumper cover, broke free of the frame rail on the passenger side of the car early in the crash. This caused much more of the crash energy to be absorbed by the driver side than Honda intended, resulting in extensive intrusion into the driver survival space and excessive upward movement of the steering column.
As a result, Honda improved the strength of the bumper beam welds for all Fits built after June 2014 and has announced a "product update" to replace the beams free of charge on cars built before the change was made on the assembly line (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door). In the second test of a car built with the improved bumper beam, intrusion was considerably reduced and the steering column remained much more stable during the crash.
The evaluation of the Fit is based on the second test and also applies to earlier cars repaired under Honda's product update. This modification will significantly improve protection in small overlap crashes. Only cars with the replacement bumper beam earn the Acceptable rating in the small overlap test and qualify for the TOP SAFETY PICK designation.
The driver space was maintained reasonably well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 13 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Upper interior intrusion measured 8-10 cm at the hinge pillar and instrument panel.
Forces on the dummy's head when it hit the steering wheel through the airbag indicate that head injuries would be possible in a crash of this severity. Measures indicate that injuries to the left lower leg also would be possible.
Restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s face remained in contact with the frontal airbag, but its head still rolled around the left side of the steering wheel toward the A-pillar because the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the head and torso. The side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.
Tested vehicle specifications
|Tested vehicle||2015 Honda Fit LX wagon|
|Weight|| 2,557 lbs.|
|Side airbags||front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags|
|Engine||1.5 L 4-cylinder|
|EPA ratings||32 mpg city / 38 mpg highway|
How this test is conducted
Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side
|Lower hinge pillar max (cm)||13|
|Lower occupant compartment|
|Left toepan (cm)||9|
|Brake pedal (cm)||3|
|Parking brake (cm)|
|Rocker panel lateral average (cm)||2|
|Upper hinge pillar max (cm)||9|
|Upper occupant compartment|
|Upper dash (cm)||10|
|Lower instrument panel (cm)||8|
Driver injury measures
|Peak gs at hard contact||139 |
|Tension (kN)||2.5 |
|Extension bending moment (Nm)||14 |
|Maximum Nij ||0.68 |
|Chest maximum compression (mm)||25 |
|Knee displacement (mm)|
|Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)|
|Maximum tibia index|
|Tibia axial force (kN)|
|Foot acceleration (g)|