Spoke to Russ @ IIHS
Here are the FACTS from the horses mouth so to speak.
The 2011 Ford Fiesta (Pre July 2010) carries all of the same safety ratings as the Post July 2010 cars EXCEPT side impact. I specifically asked if there was a lower rating such as “good” or “acceptable” and he stated that “there is no rating for side impact for the 2011 Ford Fiesta on vehicles built Pre July 2010.”
According to Russ, Ford told them there was a “Possibility” that the door handles could activate in a side impact. He also said the “Hinges could move” and then he quickly backed off of that statement and re-focused on the “door handle activating”.
So, there you have it. That was too easy.