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1997 Kia Sephia

Small car
  • Moderate overlap front
    P
1
Antilock brakes (optional)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
1997
P
1996
P

Applies to 1996-97 models

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

The Kia Sephia was introduced in the 1993 model year. Frontal airbags for both the driver and passenger were introduced as options beginning late in the 1995 model year and became standard beginning with the 1997 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the left femur indicate that injuries to the upper leg would be likely. Forces on both tibias indicate that injuries to the lower legs would be likely. Head acceleration from the B-pillar hit occurred too late for measurement.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. Special stitching on the lap belt, designed to limit belt forces by tearing and lengthening the belt, allowed the dummy to move too much. Its head and shoulders went outside the driver door frame. Late in the crash, the dummy's head hit the B-pillar. There also was far too much upward movement of the steering wheel.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1997 Kia Sephia LS 4-door
Weight 2,584 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase98 in.
Length172 in.
Width67 in.
Engine1.8 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings23 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF97013
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)29
Left (cm)35
Center (cm)35
Right (cm)28
Brake pedal (cm)25
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)12
Right (cm)9
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)15
Rearward (cm)-5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)18

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF97013
Head
HIC-15374
Peak gs at hard contactnegligible
Neck
Tension (kN)2.2
Extension bending moment (Nm)20
Maximum Nij 0.38
Chest maximum compression (mm)40
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)11.2
Femur force - right (kN)3.8
Knee displacement - left (mm)2
Knee displacement - right (mm)8
Maximum tibia index - left1.85
Maximum tibia index - right1.59
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.0
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left102
Right149

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