The new, redesigned, spacious Honda Fit has an aggressive appearance, and the additional power and comfort that are the desire of every car owner. However, one of the most important features that everyone is talking about is the Honda Fit safety standards. This is after a series of recalls in the earlier 2007-2008 models. The new hatchback is fitted with a long list of safety standard features and equipment, and scores well in crash ratings, as most of the Honda Fit safety features are standard and not optional. The impressive safety features include six airbags, with front, side impact, and side curtain airbags for both the front and rear seats.
The Honda Fit earned a full five star crash rating in frontal impact for both driver and passenger protection, the only exception being four stars for rear passenger side-impact protection. In the subcompact class, the Honda Fit safety standards are among the top cars that are rated in these tests. The achievements in Honda Fit safety standards have been met due to Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™), which channels and absorbs the force from a front impact around the passenger cabin. The recall of Honda Fit in January 2010 was with the objective of promoting the safety of drivers and passengers. Master window switch malfunctions on the driver’s door were reported in some cases, which could be due to exposure heavy rain or overheating circuit boards. All recalled cars were fitted with a waterproof skirt, while all malfunctioning switches were replaced.
With a comprehensive and evolving approach to vehicle safety, Honda seeks to make cars safer for occupants. Some of the new Fit's key safety features are Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™), which provides improved protection for vehicle occupants and helps mitigate damage to other vehicles; dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags, front-side airbags with a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) and a side curtain airbag system; and a pedestrian-injury mitigation front body design.
The Honda Fit has a strong body that is built on Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure technology. This helps absorb any frontal crash and minimizes the chances of under-ride or over-ride during head-on collisions with a smaller or larger vehicle. ACE™ features a network of load-bearing elements that are integrated to ease the impact of force by evenly distributing it across a large area in the front of the car.
The lower cross-member on the dashboard of the Honda Fit has a round, bow shape to disperse any energy on impact, which is absorbed by the front frame rail through the floor frame rails. This improves the efficiency in dissipating any impact of a collision.
The front body of the Honda Fit has been designed to absorb energy in any frontal collision with pedestrian, reducing the level of pedestrian injury significantly. The hood can bend in order to absorb the impact. For this purpose, deformable hood hinges and impact energy-absorbing front fenders have been installed.
Airbag technology in the form of a Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) has been incorporated in the Honda Fit as a safety standard. This includes Dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags, front side airbags, and side-curtain airbags. Three point seat belts have been integrated in all seats while the front seatbelts feature an automatic tensioning system and adjustable anchors.
Lacking in Honda Fit safety are traction control and an antiskid system which are available only in the Honda Sport.