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Honda Accord

Rating
Score
ADULT OCCUPANT
****
26
Front: 12
Side: 14
PEDESTRIAN
**
16
Pre 2002 rating


 
Adult occupant protection
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Adequate, Upper leg right: Marginal, Upper leg left: Marginal, Lower leg right: Adequate, Lower leg left: Adequate, Right foot: Adequate, Left foot: Adequate
Frontal impact driver
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Adequate, Upper leg right: Marginal, Upper leg left: Marginal, Lower leg right: Good, Lower leg left: Good
Frontal impact passenger
Head: Good, Chest: Adequate, Abdomen: Adequate, Pelvis: Good
Side impact driver

Child restraints
18 month old ChildRoemer King, forward facing
3 year old ChildRoemer King, forward facing
Pedestrian protection
No image car front available

Safety equipment
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Front seatbelt load limiters
Driver frontal airbag
Front passenger frontal airbag
Side body airbags
Side head airbags
Driver knee airbag
Car details
Hand of driveRHD
Tested modelHonda Accord 1.8i LS
Body type4 door saloon
Year of publication2000
Kerb weight1381
VIN from which rating appliesrating applies to new Accord

Comments
When Euro NCAP first tested family-sized cars in 1997 the Accord was not included; this test has been sponsored by Honda to enable a comparison to be made. The best of the original group scored four stars. The Accord has done well to match this. In the frontal impact, the bodyshell was stable but an unusual distortion of the rear floorpan caused concern over the seat belt compatibility with the three-year-old’s child seat. A three-point automatic belt was fitted in the central rear seating position. The side impact performance was above average in this group.

Front impact
The driver and passenger had good head and neck protection from the airbags. The forces on the chest from the restraints presented a low risk of serious injury at this crash severity. There was risk of injury to the upper legs and knees from hard points behind the facia. But the risk to lower legs and feet was not serious.

Side impact
The doors remained closed in the side impact, despite the exterior handle on the rear door being jammed in the opened position. The dummy’s head struck the front face of the central pillar and the doorframe, although the force was not recorded as dangerous. There would have been only a low risk of severe injury in this impact.

Child occupant
A passenger frontal airbag is fitted as standard, so there is a real danger of death for a child placed on the front seat in a rear-facing restraint. The labelling on the car gave inadequate warning of this. One of these labels was fixed to the windscreen and it could easily be removed or become lost if the windscreen was replaced. A good point was that each rear adult belt had settings to enable a restraint to be fixed more firmly. However, the recommended restraints did not perform well.

Pedestrian
The Accord showed no real concession to protecting pedestrians: all leg tests were poor. The best protection was provided where a child’s head would strike the bonnet, and results for four of the six tests were adequate. A two-star result is about average for a family car.

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