Ford Ka scores zero stars in Latin NCAP crash tests


Bodyshell integrity: stable; footwell area: unstable

After the Hyundai HB20, Latin NCAP rammed the Ford Ka (sedan), which also scored zero stars. The Ka hatchback and sedan are also sold as Figo and Aspire in India. For Latin American markets, however, the Ka is being manufactured in Brazil. The tested model was equipped with two front airbags, front seat belt pretensioners and loadlimiters, front seat belt reminders, and rear Isofix mounts. ESC is optional.

Adult Occupant Protection
For the adult occupant protection, the report said that the protection offered to the driver’s head was adequate while the passenger’s head showed good protection. Neck protection for both front passengers was good. The driver chest showed adequate protection while the passenger’s chest showed good protection. Driver and passenger’s knees showed marginal protection as they could impact with dangerous structures behind the fascia. Driver tibias showed good protection while the passenger’s was adequate.

The bodyshell integrity was rated as stable and it was capable of withstanding further loadings. However, the footwell area was rated as unstable.

As for the side impact, the head and abdomen protection was good, the pelvis protection was adequate and the chest protection was weak. The side pole impact test was not performed as the car does not offer side head protection (airbags).

Child Occupant Protection
As for child occupant protection, the report says that the child seat for a 3-year-old was able to prevent excessive forward movement during the impact and offered good protection for front and side impacts. Protection for an 18-month-old child was also rated as good. However, the Isofix marking did not meet Latin NCAP requirements.

Further, the report says that the car does not meet pedestrian protection regulations. Download the full report here.

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