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2010 Kia Forte

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  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
See below for ratings based on manufacture date.
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control
3
Antilock brakes
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2015
M
G
G
G
G
2014
P
G
G
G
G
2013
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
G
2010
G
G
G
G

Applies to 2010-13 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
A
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Kia Forte was introduced in the 2010 model year as a replacement for the Kia Spectra.

Two tests of a 2010 Kia Forte were conducted. In the first test, forces recorded on the dummy's head and neck were high, leading to a Marginal head/neck injury rating and a Marginal overall rating. In response, Kia modified the airbag control computer to deploy the side curtain airbag, in addition to the frontal airbag, in certain frontal crashes beginning with cars manufactured after January 2010. Kia initiated a service campaign to reprogram the airbag control computer on all 2010 models produced before the change was made on the production line.

In the second test of a car built after the modifications were in place, the driver side curtain airbag deployed during the crash, and forces on the neck were low. However, forces on the head were still elevated.

The evaluation of the Forte is based on the second test, except for the structural rating, which is based both tests.

Injury measures

In the second test, measures taken from the neck, chest, and both legs indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the head when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag indicate that head injuries would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled in both tests. During rebound in the second test, the dummy's head contacted the driver side curtain airbag.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2010 Kia Forte EX 4-door
Weight 2,805 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase104 in.
Length178 in.
Width70 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings25 mpg city / 34 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0912CEF1002
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)67
Left (cm)99
Center (cm)78
Right (cm)57
Brake pedal (cm)109
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)21
Right (cm)31
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)13
Rearward (cm)44
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)11

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF1002
Head
HIC-15670
Peak gs at hard contact114
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm)13
Maximum Nij 0.71
Chest maximum compression (mm)29
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.8
Femur force - right (kN)3.1
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)6
Maximum tibia index - left0.41
Maximum tibia index - right0.65
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left61
Right50

Applies to 2010 models built after October 2009

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
A
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
A
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Kia Forte was introduced in the 2010 model year as a replacement for the Kia Spectra. Because of deficiencies identified in an earlier test of the Forte, Kia made design changes to the B-pillar and roof structure to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes and rollovers beginning with 2010 models built after October 2009 (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).

A second car with the changes was tested, and the side impact crash performance improved (the first car is rated separately).

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2010 Kia Forte EX 4-door
Weight 2,859 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase104 in.
Length178 in.
Width70 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings27 mpg city / 36 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0933
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-9.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0933
Head HIC-15422
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Compression (kN)0.7
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)33
Lateral force (kN)1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)46
Average deflection (mm)40
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.57
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.87
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.8
Acetabulum force (kN)1.6
Combined force (kN)3.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.7
L-M moment (Nm)150
A-P moment (Nm) 44

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0933
Head HIC-15237
Neck
Tension (kN)0.3
Compression (kN)1.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)39
Lateral force (kN)1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)48
Average deflection (mm)39
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.20
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.85
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.8
Acetabulum force (kN)2.6
Combined force (kN)2.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.2
L-M moment (Nm)244
A-P moment (Nm) -66

Applies to 2010 models built after June 2009 and before November 2009

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
A
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
A
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
M
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
M
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Kia Forte was introduced in the 2010 model year as a replacement for the Kia Spectra. Beginning with 2010 models built after June 2009, design changes were made to the rear door structure to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes (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).

Because of deficiencies identified in this test, Kia made additional changes beginning with 2010 models built after October 2009. A second car with the additional modifications was tested, and the side impact crash performance improved (the second car is rated separately).

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Head protection

Driver — The side curtain airbag did not adequately cover the window opening near the dummy's head during deployment, and the side airbag that deployed from the seat did not fill the gap. Although the intruding barrier did not hit the dummy's head in this test, this near miss indicates that only slightly different crash circumstances could produce a direct hit to a person's head.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2010 Kia Forte EX 4-door
Weight 2,815 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase104 in.
Length178 in.
Width70 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings25 mpg city / 34 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0924
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-7.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0924
Head HIC-15134
Neck
Tension (kN)0.9
Compression (kN)0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)43
Lateral force (kN)1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)45
Average deflection (mm)41
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.97
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.87
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.4
Acetabulum force (kN)3.1
Combined force (kN)4.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.8
L-M moment (Nm)177
A-P moment (Nm) 76

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0924
Head HIC-15235
Neck
Tension (kN)0.4
Compression (kN)1.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)52
Lateral force (kN)1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)52
Average deflection (mm)43
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)5.05
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)1.40
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.3
Acetabulum force (kN)2.7
Combined force (kN)3.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.0
L-M moment (Nm)183
A-P moment (Nm) -58

Applies to 2010-13 models built after October 2009

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight2,859 lbs
Peak force13,084 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio4.58
Tested vehicle
2010 Kia Forte SX 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2010-13 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual cloth seats (AHR)

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual cloth seats (AHR)
Geometry
Backset (mm)30
Distance below top of head (mm)3
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)10.7
Head contact time (ms)55
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)19
Max neck tension (N)231

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