Applies to 2015-16 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 Sedona was redesigned for the 2015 model year. Two tests of the Sedona were conducted. In the first test, the unlocked driver door opened, which shouldn't happen because the driver could be partly or completely ejected from the vehicle. Also, intrusion into the occupant compartment was exacerbated by the door not remaining in place to help absorb crash forces.
In response, Kia reprogrammed the standard autolock feature, which locks all doors when the vehicle is placed in forward or reverse gear, to prevent consumers from disabling this feature, beginning with 2015 models built after November 2014. In addition, Kia started a service campaign to similarly reprogram the autolock feature on 2015 models built earlier.
In the second test with locked doors, the driver door stayed shut, and intrusion was significantly reduced. Ratings of the Sedona are based on the second test.
The driver space was maintained reasonably well in the second of two crash tests, with maximum intrusion of the upper interior of 12 cm at the upper hinge pillar and 10 cm at the instrument panel. Lower interior intrusion measured 12 cm at the parking brake pedal and 11 cm at the hinge pillar.
Measures taken from the dummy in the second test indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.
Restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s movement was well controlled in the second test. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. 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 Kia Sedona SX|
|Weight|| 4,613 lbs.|
|Side airbags||head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and front seat-mounted torso airbags|
|Engine||3.3 L V6|
|EPA ratings||18 mpg city / 25 mpg highway|
How this test is conducted
Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side
|Lower occupant compartment|
|Lower hinge pillar max (cm)||11|
|Left toepan (cm)||6|
|Brake pedal (cm)||3|
|Parking brake (cm)||12|
|Rocker panel lateral average (cm)||2|
|Upper occupant compartment|
|Upper hinge pillar max (cm)||12|
|Upper dash (cm)||10|
|Lower instrument panel (cm)||8|
Driver injury measures
|Peak gs at hard contact||no contact |
|Tension (kN)||1.0 |
|Extension bending moment (Nm)||10 |
|Maximum Nij ||0.19 |
|Chest maximum compression (mm)||25 |
|Knee displacement (mm)|
|Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)|
|Maximum tibia index|
|Tibia axial force (kN)|
|Foot acceleration (g)|