Just as expected, the Insight is pretty safe, as it comes with frontal airbags for both the driver and the passenger, side airbags and side curtain airbags, plus ABS with EBD and VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist), driver and front passenger active headrests plus Honda so-called ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body structure that was designed to reduce damages after an impact with larger or taller vehicles.
As a result of all these goodies, the hybrid earned a five-star award from Euro NCAP plus a “Good” rating from IIHS in the United States.
Euro NCAP said that the passenger cell remained stable in the impact, with the dummies indicating a slight risk of injuries to the knees, femurs and pelvis. Protection for child occupants was good as well, just like pedestrian protection where the front edge of the bonnet received maximum points.
In addition, the American institute said that the dummy movement was well controlled and the occupants were protected by the integrated airbags, so there was no contact with surrounding stiff structures. In the side impact however, the measures taken from the dummy indicated possible rib fractures for the driver.Continue reading