Honda Fit gains notoriety

Honda Fit gains notoriety

A car is a machine. It responds to the way you treat it and the way you look after it.  I got so many responses to the article in agreement.  No one disagreed.

This week we were going to look at why cars catch a fire or explode after an accident. This would have helped answer some of the questions that we might have after Genius Kadungure’ s tragic accident last week, of course with a disclaimer for we are not experts from either Rolls Royce or Honda

We have been in touch with the Rolls Royce dealership in South Africa. They have not replied yet. It’s been more than a week now. We have also been in touch with Rolls Royce head office in the United Kingdom. They are also quiet. We will give them another week. If we do not hear from them by next week, we will do our article without their input. I am not a collision expert but I have been in touch with technical experts who might help us understand more about cars collisions and fires. We need to know how a car with top notch front collision alert and advanced emergency braking system could get involved in a head on with a little Honda Fit and then burn to ashes.

It is however befitting that we look at the other car that was involved in the accident, the Honda Fit. It has become talk of Zimbabwe. Actually maybe more than the Rolls Royce itself. Before the accident the Honda Fit was a butt of all sorts of car jokes. Now it is so conspicuous on the road and it has got some people thinking that it might be a strong car after all, if it can “do all that” to the mighty Rolls Royce. What we forget is that there a number of variables involved such as speed of both cars, reaction and state of both drivers, angle of impact and more. Whatever the variables the Fit came out in better shape after the squabble.

Let us take a look at the 2010 Honda Fit.

The 2010 Honda Fit is so clearly the best of its breed that there’s nothing to fight over. It has the most versatile interior by far, and its driving dynamics are superior as well. It’s rare to find a runaway winner in this age of automotive parity, but the Fit is just that compared to competition.

Honda Fit has reasonably good safety equipment that includes antilock disc brakes, front seat side airbags, full-length side-curtain airbags and active front head restraints. Some 2010 models have a stability control system. Its brakes are probably among the best in the category. At 100 kmh it can halt in 40 metres.

The 2010 Honda Fit is one of the best small cars for occupant protection, achieving five stars for front occupants in both frontal and side-impact tests in the United States of America. It got four stars for side-impact and backseat passengers and top good ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) across the board. It was the only “minicar,” as the IIHS designates it, to be named a 2009 Top Safety Pick from the group. Although side airbags and side-curtain bags are standard, along with anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control is optional—oddly, it’s only offered with the navigation system.

In the USA testing, the Fit also received a perfect five stars for frontal impacts. This might explain why most Fit owners survive head-on collisions.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Fit its top rating of “Good” for both frontal-offset and side impacts.

“I had a head-on accident with a large truck doing 80 km/h in my 2009 Honda Fit. I came out of the accident with only bruising from the seat belts, and a cracked sternum (breastbone). The air bags worked the way they were supposed to. Family members who saw the actual damage and a friend who saw pics of the car damage are amazed I was not killed in the accident,” said one Honda Fit lover named Collette

Here are some of safety ratings of this little car from The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA is responsible for keeping people safe on America’s roadways. Through enforcing vehicle performance standards and partnerships with state and local governments, NHTSA reduces deaths, injuries and economic losses from motor vehicle crashes.

NHTSA Overall Rating

Driver Protection – 5 / 5

Passenger Protection –  4 / 5

Side Crash Rating – 4 / 5

Front Seat – Not Rated

Back Seat – Not Rated

Rollover –  4 / 5

Roof Strength Test – Acceptable

Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint – Good

Moderate Overlap Front Test – Good

With such good ratings the 2009/10 Honda Fit will do well in an accident with most cars. I can hear you say but “the Rolls Royce has better feature.” Yes, it has. Like I said there are a lot of variables that we need to take into account before we conclude.  These will include the two machines and the drivers themselves.

Next week we will look at the Rolls Royce Wraith its features especially in relation to collisions and fires. We hope Rolls Royce officials will be kind enough to respond to our questions





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