2012 Fiat 500 Sport: A Three-Star Crash-Test Rating
December 12, 2011
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has posted its safety rating for the 2012 Fiat 500, and it did not win top marks. The car earned three stars out of a possible five for overall safety. It got four stars for its performance in a frontal crash and four stars for the rollover test.
But the car got just two stars for side-crash performance. Looking over the test scores in more detail, the driver-seat ratings are good: five stars. It's the rear-seat ratings that drag down the car's side-crash score, which comprises two different tests: the side barrier and the side pole.
The test-results notes for the side-barrier rating say this: "Although not included in the star rating, the rear passenger's abdominal rib deflection was elevated." From what I can gather, that means a greater risk of crushing injuries. Perhaps folks here who are well-versed in crash-test protocols could cast some more light on this.
By contrast, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave its Top Safety Pick designation to the 2012 Fiat-- but only those built after July 2011.
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor