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Kia Carens

Rating
Score
ADULT OCCUPANT
****
27
Front: 9.2
Side: 15
Seatbelt reminder: 1
Pole: 2
CHILD OCCUPANT
***
34
PEDESTRIAN
*
9


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

Child restraints
18 month old ChildBritax Roemer BabySafe ISOFIX Plus, Rearward facing
3 year old ChildBritax-Römer Duo Plus ISOFIX, Forward facing
Pedestrian protection

Pedestrian protection

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
ISOfix front
ISOfix rear
Car details
Tested modelKia Carens 2.0 EX, LHD
Body type5 door MPV
Year of publication2007
Kerb weight1519kg
VIN from which rating appliesKNEFG52127K092888

Comments
Front impact
Although the drivers footwell did not rupture, there was extensive deformation and the clutch pedal moved rearward by 175mm, leading to a weak rating for protection of the driver's lower leg, feet and ankles. Structures in the dashboard presented a risk of injury to the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger.

Side impact
The Carens scored maximum points based on the dummy responses in the side impact and pole tests. However, the driver's door became unlatched in the side impact and the car was penalised for this.

Child occupant
The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. However, inadequate information is provided to the driver about the status of the airbag. The label warning against using a rearward-facing child restraint in the passenger's seat was in English only and was on only one side of the sun visor, so it would not be visible at all times. The presence of ISOFIX anchorages in the rear outboard seats was not clearly marked.

Pedestrian
The leading edge of the bonnet scored no points for the protection offered to pedestrians' legs, as did the bonnet for the protection offered to adults' heads. However, the bumper performed better, scoring maximum points.

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