In recent months, automotive safety has topped the news with GM and faulty ignition switches and a recent commercial that touts “they lived” and “we lived.” I would like to share my personal experience with a 2011 Ford Fiesta and its safety.
My bride and I were traveling home from a visit to her brother when we were hit squarely on the driver’s side by a car that was significantly larger. The impact threw our car off the road and directly toward a tree which we hit. I had always considered small cars a bit risky to be driving but after this accident I am a fan of the Fiesta.
My reason for being a fan is because, while this little car was hit broadside and then hit a tree head on, we walked away from the accident without the need of an ambulance. We not only lived but we walked away with only minor injuries even though the car had gone through this accident.
Further reason to be a fan is that the Passengers compartment was completely intact and other than the air bag deployment you would not have believed the car was in an accident from the inside. All of the glass was intact as well. The mirror on the driver’s side was inches from the impact yet it was intact. Headlights which were less than an inch from where the tree hit were intact and working. The car had a sun roof and that was also intact.
We suffered Whip Lash, and sore muscles but that was it. I had knee surgery due to scar tissue build up in the knee and joint pain on my left side only.
More amazing is that it happened at full speed limit. The onboard sync system called out and we had help quickly on its way.
When I consider this car has a keyless system, gets as good or better gas mileage as any Hybrid on the market and a price tag half the price of most hybrids as well, it makes sense.