The 2011 Ford Fiesta has just received, for the first time in the small car category, Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in America. The examination now incorporates a rollover test, which has caused many previous ‘top pick’ cars to fall among the ranks. The 2011 Ford Fiesta was able to remain safe in those tests as well.
To reach Top Safety Pick from the IIHS, cars must be strong enough to withstand the ‘rollover’ test. This is where weight is placed at one corner of the roof. If the roof gives or caves in in any way under four times the car’s weight, it fails. The Ford Fiesta was able to withstand five-times its own weight on one corner, helping it earn the Top Pick status.
Also contributing to the rating was the frontal crash test result. The Ford Fiesta was hurled into the concrete wall at 64.4km/h. The small shell was able to withstand the brutal impact and maintain relative cabin composure. The extent of the impact didn’t even reach the windscreen, which normally catches cars out, sending shock waves and buckling the main cabin structure.
Here’s the freshly added video anyway. You can clearly see the dummy’s head being absorbed and blanketed by the frontal airbag and side curtain airbags in the caption above, even the driver’s door remains fixed.