Crash Tests Performance Earns Fiat 500x Top Safety Pick+ Award

Crash Tests Performance Earns Fiat 500x Top Safety Pick+ Award
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October 8, 2015

While its parent company deals with recalls and Congressional inquiry, the new Fiat 500X seems to be proving itself as a safe buy for car owners.

The small SUV qualified for a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) after it earned "good" crash test ratings and an advanced rating for front crash prevention.

The 500X performed well in the challenging small overlap front crash test, with well-maintained driver space, little intrusion and a side airbag that provided good coverage. After hitting the front airbag, the dummy's head moved to left, leaving it vulnerable. Data taken from the dummy suggest injuries to the left lower leg could be possible in a real-world crash of this severely, but the risks of other injuries were low.

There is also a possibility of injuries to the right foot as seen in the moderate overlap test, but there were no problems in the side, rear and rollover tests.

In a test of its front crash prevention system, the SUV avoided a collision in four out of five runs. In the 25 mph test, the impact speed was reduced by 5mph. The system also has a collision warning function that meets federal standards.

To qualify for the 2015 Top Safety Pick award, vehicles must earn "good" ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, plus a "good" or "acceptable" rating in the small overlap test. For Top Safety Pick+, vehicles also need an available front crash prevention system with an "advanced" or "superior" rating.