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2012 Ford Fiesta

minicar / 4-door sedan

2012 Ford Fiesta 4-door sedan
2011 Ford Fiesta 4-door sedan shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2011-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Ford Fiesta SE 4-door sedan

The Ford Fiesta sedan was introduced in the 2011 model year. The frontal ratings also apply to the hatchback version of the Fiesta, also introduced in the 2011 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head contacted the side curtain airbag during rebound.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low. Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's knees and shins contacted the knee airbag.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF1006
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 6
Left (cm) 8
Center (cm) 8
Right (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 5
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 2
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 1
Rearward (cm) -1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF1006
Head
HIC-15 315
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 27
Maximum Nij 0.24
Chest maximum compression (mm) 26
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.7
Femur force - right (kN) 0.7
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.31
Maximum tibia index - right 0.34
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 66
Right 64

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2011-13 models built after July 2010

Tested vehicle: 2011 Ford Fiesta SE 4-door sedan with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Ford Fiesta sedan was introduced in the 2011 model year. The side impact crash test ratings also apply to the hatchback version of the Fiesta, also introduced in 2011. Beginning with 2011 models built after July 2010, design changes were made to improve the robustness of the outside door handles to minimize the possibility of the handles starting to activate 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).

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES1011
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -13.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES1011
Head HIC-15 285
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 33
Lateral force (kN) 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 23
Average deflection (mm) 20
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 5.30
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.41
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.9
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.6
Combined force (kN) 3.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.7
L-M moment (Nm) 150
A-P moment (Nm) 59

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES1011
Head HIC-15 119
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 1.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 42
Lateral force (kN) 1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 26
Average deflection (mm) 23
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.05
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.33
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.4
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.4
Combined force (kN) 2.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.2
L-M moment (Nm) 275
A-P moment (Nm) -38

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2011-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Ford Fiesta SE 4-door sedan

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 2,605 lbs
Peak force 14,122 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.42

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Manual cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 16
Distance below top of head (mm) 22
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 13.1
Head contact time (ms) 48
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 400

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted