The Ford Fiesta sedan/hatchback is the first minicar to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award since the IIHS added a roof strength requirement for rollover protection.
The Fiesta was recognized as a Top Safety Pick after earning good ratings for front, side, rollover, and rear crash protection, and for having electronic stability control as standard equipment. No other minicar the Institute has tested has earned top ratings in all four safety evaluations.
But, the Fiesta’s award only applies to cars built after July 2010 because Ford made design changes to strengthen the outside door handles to minimize the possibility of doors opening in side impact crashes. Sorry early adopters, you’re out of luck.
Sure, this may sound like a rather pedestrian story, but would you look at these crash photos? God we love good crash photos. We hate cars crashing, and we hate people gawking at car crashes when they’re driving by ’em, but for some reason we can’t look away from the photos.
(Fair Credit to Jalopnik)
Emails to the author of this article went un-answered.
So, I email Angie Kozaleski, Director of Communications for Ford Motor Company. I promptly get a tweet from someone much higher up the ladder than her in Dearborn, at Ford. They want to “chat”….I was tied up, really wanted to talk to this person, they she/he this person is supposed to call me tommorow and we will see.
I want a solution to the problem, not excuses. I don’t know what they found wrong with the pre July 10 cars, but it was enough to redesign the door handle and add a “More Robust” product. The word “Robust” tells me that that whatever it was/is it is serious enough that th IIHS would not give Ford the “Top Pick” unless they redesigned the door. I want to know what they changed, how serious it was, and if it needs to be fixed on my car.
I will find out! That I can assure you.
More to come.
Here are some pics of my Fiesta….
Really want to get my wife into a Fiesta. When the 09 Focus Hits 50,000 miles we will probably start looking, that’s about 12,000 miles away!
In other news approaching 3000 miles, will probably change the oil. I always like to get the break in oil out at 3000, and switch to Mobil 1!
Door sill plates, keyless keypad, new leather shifter and cargo management system installed. Also received the interior protection kit (winter floor mats)
I had the pleasure today to have a gentleman, a professional driver who has driven just about every luxury automobile made (30 plus years as a VIP driver) who has worked for the Saudi Arabian Royal family, and has driven everything from Bentley’s to Rolls Royce Phantom’s…..the verdict?
Rides as good and as quiet, or quieter than a Rolls Royce, and most definately better than the 2010 Cadillac Limousine’s and Funeral Cars he drives today in retirement! He loved it!
Well, the first post-delivery visit to the dealership today to get the window tinting, and to deal with a few things that were, well “Missing in action”. As I was sitting here the other night reading through my owners manual, and looking at the window sticker “options” section and realized that my Metallic Door Sill plates, Keyless entry Keypad, and Leather gearshift knob, and all weather interior package were missing.
The WONDERFUL people at SAM PACK’s 5 Star Ford in North Richland Hills Texas checked the paperwork and got right on it! The window tint looks great….they even detailed it again….It was sitting on their prime display spot in front of the building when we came back to get it. Still the only one in Dallas best we can tell!
Check out the following link for a tour of the Ford Facility in South America where the Fiesta is built!http://www.flickr.com/photos/fordmx/4601581354/in/pool-1429621@N21/