The Jazz’s cabin proved to be strong and stable, suffering only minimal deformation in the frontal impact. Its restraint systems worked well to protect the occupants and kept the driver’s head away from the steering wheel. However, loads on the driver’s chest in the side impact were high. Child protection was judged fair overall. Pedestrian protection was good with the Jazz becoming the first super-mini to achieve the three star rating since the introduction in January 2002 of the more stringent pedestrian testing protocol.
The body displayed a high level of integrity, suffering only minimal distortion at fascia height and minimal intrusion at the footwell.
The restraint systems included single-stage airbags for the driver and front seat pasenger and safety belts fitted with dual pre-tensioners and load limiters.
These worked well, although loads recorded on the driver’s chest were a little high. But he and his passenger risked knee injuries from hard points beneath the fascia. Forces recorded on the driver’s lower legs also gave concern.
Protection for the driver’s chest was poor but other areas of his body were safeguarded. The Jazz was penalised because forces transferred unrealistically to the dummy’s back and up its spine, reducing measured chest loads.
The restraints recommended and used for both children were forward facing Britax Romer Duo Plus, fitted to the car using the ISOFix anchorages and top tethers. They provided mixed results. The children’s heads were protected in the frontal and side impacts but the loads on their chests were high in the frontal impact.
Honda does not recommend placing a child in a rear facing restraint fitted to the front passenger’s seat. But apart from non-permanent pictograms on the door pillar and the screen, there were no warnings visible to tell users about the consequent danger of death or serious injury in an accident.
The bonnet was fairly compliant where an adult or child pedestrian’s head would most likely strike it, but the Jazz’s wings and bonnet edges proved to be somewhat ‘unfriendly’.
Tests carried out on the bumper showed that it offered good protection against injury to vulnerable road users.