Mitsubishi Space Star

Front: 6
Side: 14
Pre 2002 rating

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

Child restraints
18 month old ChildStorchenmuhle Air, forward facing
3 year old ChildStorchenmuhle Air, 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 driveLHD
Tested modelMitsubishi Space Star 1.3 Family
Body type5 door MPV
Year of publication2001
Kerb weight1155
VIN from which rating appliesXMDLNDG1A1F023400

Although there was some distortion of the body, the Space Star maintained its structural integrity in testing and protected its passengers. The driver’s head and chest ran an increased risk of injury from hitting the steering wheel if the collision were even more severe. However in the NCAP test, his airbag worked satisfactorily.

Front impact
The driver’s head just ‘bottomed out’ on the airbag and, in a more severe accident, head injury risks for him would rise. His chest also struck the steering wheel and that can lead to severe injuries, too. Airbags are standard for the driver and passenger. The driver risked leg injuries should his knees hit some areas below the facia. The centre rear belt was a static lap-only type that can cause injuries. A three-point belt is an optional extra, but Euro NCAP believes it should be standard. The front seat belts were equipped with reel-mounted pyrotechnic pre-tensioners that offered additional protection.

Side impact
Unlike others tested, the Space Star does not feature head or side-impact protecting airbags as standard. The driver also ran greater risks of abdominal injury.

Child occupant
There was a standard passenger airbag that can be dangerous for any child placed opposite in a rear-facing restraint. There were labels warning of this on the passenger’s end of the facia and a three-language warning on the visible side of the sun visor. However, neither mentioned the risk of serious injury or death. Mitsubishi chose universal Storchenmühle Air Seat restraints for testing. In the frontal impact, the children’s heads struck the restraint shields sufficiently hard for severe facial damage or brain injury to result. It is predictable that this restraint will cause injuries because the children’s heads must strike the shields. In other ways these restraints performed well, but the certainty of injury made them the worst testers had seen.

The bonnet and bumper gave limited protection to pedestrians but did not score well. Parts of the bonnet’s front edge provided some cushioning, which was unusual.