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2001 Kia Sportage

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  • Moderate overlap front
    M
1998 Kia Sportage shown
1998 Kia Sportage shown
1
Driver knee airbag: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel intended to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
2
Antilock brakes (optional)
Model year Front overlap SideRoof strengthHead restraints & seatsFront crash prevention
SmallModerate
2015
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2014
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
A
A
P
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
A
A
P
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
A
A
P
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
A
A
P
P
Crash avoidance rating
2006
A
A
P
P
Crash avoidance rating
2005
A
A
P
P
Crash avoidance rating
2002
M
Crash avoidance rating
2001
M
Crash avoidance rating
2000
M
Crash avoidance rating
1999
M
Crash avoidance rating
1998
M
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 1998-2002 models

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

The Kia Sportage was introduced in the 1995 model year. Frontal airbags for both the driver and passenger became standard beginning with the 1998 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 tibia and left foot indicate that injuries to the lower leg and foot would be possible. Head acceleration from the B-pillar hit was low

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 too much dummy movement. During rebound from the airbag, the dummy moved toward the driver door. Its head went through the open window and nearly hit the window frame. There also was too much upward movement of the steering wheel. Later in the crash, the dummy's head again moved toward the door and hit the B-pillar. This was the first vehicle to be equipped with an airbag in the knee area, but it isn't clear whether the new airbag improved performance in this crash test.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1998 Kia Sportage 4-door 4wd util.
Weight 3,338 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase104 in.
Length170 in.
Width68 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings19 mpg city / 23 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)28
Left (cm)25
Center (cm)18
Right (cm)12
Brake pedal (cm)14
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)-4
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)11
Rearward (cm)3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)12

Driver injury measures

Test ID
Head
HIC-15457
Peak gs at hard contact40
Neck
Tension (kN)2.3
Extension bending moment (Nm)28
Maximum Nij 0.56
Chest maximum compression (mm)38
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)3.8
Femur force - right (kN)2.4
Knee displacement - left (mm)10
Knee displacement - right (mm)11
Maximum tibia index - left1.09
Maximum tibia index - right0.58
Tibia axial force - left (kN)7.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left150
Right107

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