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Coda scores 4 stars in NHTSA crash test

In the frontal impact crash test, the passenger dummy got four stars, but the driver dummy limped away with two stars.

 

A couple of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s long-suffering crash test dummies recently took the plunge in a 2012 Coda electric sedan. No word on how they liked the new EV, but the NHTSA awarded the Coda an overall rating of four stars.

The NHTSA’s overall rating is a composite of the results from several individual tests, and the Coda fell short of a perfect score only because of a poor result on the frontal impact test. In the frontal impact crash test, the passenger dummy got four stars, but the driver dummy limped away with two stars. The Coda scored five stars for both the side crash and rollover tests.
 
The 2012 Coda was subject to a recall having to do with the side and window air bags, so the four-star rating applies only to vehicles that have had the recall work done.
 
By comparison, the 2012 Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt both scored five stars, and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV scored four stars.
 
A summary of the results is here.
 
Lots of videos, and a report containing full details of the test, are available here.
 
 
 
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