The light car scored the organisation's top score in frontal and side-impact crashes. A remarkable achievement for a car which many incorrectly assume as unsafe.
For the other tests - protecting occupants in rear impacts, the institute rated Smart's seats and headrests "acceptable," the second-highest score. The institute was quick to point out however, that simple laws of physics dictate that bigger and heavier vehicles are generally better overall.
"All things being equal in safety, bigger and heavier is always better. But among the smallest cars, the engineers of the Smart did their homework and designed a high level of safety into a very small package." President Adrian Lund said
There was some confusion and controversy initially with a leaked video of a crash test showing the driver's door becoming unlatched in side-impact crashes, the video was swiftly removed from YouTube and replaced with an official one embedded below:
Click through to read our first steer of the Smart ForTwo and tell us, given its high score, do you consider the ForTwo as a safe car? Or does the miniature size play on your mind?