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 Kia Forte was redesigned for the 2014 model year. Beginning with the 2015 models, Kia increased the strength of the occupant compartment structure (A-pillar, door sill, seat support crossmember, among other parts) to improve occupant protection in small overlap frontal crashes.
The driver space was not maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 20 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Upper interior intrusion measured 15-17 cm at the hinge pillar and instrument panel. The door sill was pushed in laterally 6 cm toward the driver, and the steering column was pushed back 6 cm.
Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity, including head injury risk from the instrument panel hit.
Restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but slid off the left side. 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. The side torso airbag deployed.
Tested vehicle specifications
|Tested vehicle||2015 Kia Forte LX 4-door|
|Weight|| 2,848 lbs.|
|Side airbags||front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags|
|Engine||1.8 L 4-cylinder|
|EPA ratings||26 mpg city / 39 mpg highway|
How this test is conducted
Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side
|Lower hinge pillar max (cm)||20|
|Lower occupant compartment|
|Left toepan (cm)||5|
|Brake pedal (cm)||5|
|Parking brake (cm)|
|Rocker panel lateral average (cm)||6|
|Upper hinge pillar max (cm)||16|
|Upper occupant compartment|
|Upper dash (cm)||17|
|Lower instrument panel (cm)||15|
Driver injury measures
|Peak gs at hard contact|
|Tension (kN)||1.5 |
|Extension bending moment (Nm)||12 |
|Maximum Nij ||0.24 |
|Chest maximum compression (mm)||21 |
|Knee displacement (mm)|
|Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)|
|Maximum tibia index|
|Tibia axial force (kN)|
|Foot acceleration (g)|