Fiat 500 Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

By Trevor Dorchies | October 18, 2011
The 2012 Fiat 500 was awarded one the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Picks for 2011. Specifically for models built after July of 2011 the 500 took home the award along with the 2011-2012 Ford Fiesta in the Minicars class. The 500 scored "Good," the highest that can be achieved, on frontal and side impact as well as the roof strength test. Models built before August 2011 were only graded on frontal impacts and earned a score of "Marginal." The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awards its Top Safety Picks to vehicles based on how well passengers are protected in an accident. Scores awarded vary from Good, Acceptable, Marginal, or Poor and are based on the performance in crash tests. These tests include a front-end and side impact conducted at high-speeds, a rollover, and an assessment of seat and head restraints. To be named an IIHS Top Safety Pick for the year the vehicle must earn a score of "Good" in all four categories and offer electronic stability control. While the scores are good, physics says that all solid-barrier crash tests, like the ones the IIHS uses, essentially crash the vehicle into another car of identical weight and size. In other words, while the Fiat 500 will score well in a crash with another Fiat 500, there's no way of knowing exactly how it'd fare against, say, a Chevy Suburban. However, if such a collision were to occur, we know we'd rather be in a subcompact with the IIHS's "Top Safety Pick" rating than one without it. Along with seven airbags and high strength steel door beams the 500 includes electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, brake assist and Chrysler's ParkSense; a rear park assistant. The body of the 500 consists of crumples zones and a safety cage body structure, which are designed to absorb and deflect energy away from occupants in the event of a crash. With the 2012 Fiat 500 earning an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2011 are you more likely to own one? Tell us what you think in the comment section below. Source: IIHS, Chrysler
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Charity Motors

I'm not surprised that the FIAT got such a good safety rating score. It's been a huger seller in Europe for years...you don't get that unless you're a safe, quality car.

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