Safety Features in 2012 Honda Civic
Honda Civic comes with good safety measures. It was designed with safety of the driver and the passengers in mind. It is expected that Honda will continue its safety features in 2012 Civic as well.
The safety feature in the Honda Civic include front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags alongwith active front head restraints.
While the antilock brakes are standard the four wheel disc brakes are provided only in EX and Si models. Models other than EX and Si model have only rear drums (for brakes). The EX-L, Hybrid and Si models also come with Stability control.
NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), an institution established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970 to carry out safety programs, carries out rating for most of the cars launched in US. While the ratings for the year 2011 and 2012 Honda Civic is not yet available, we may like to take a look at the safety rating for the previous years.
Table : NHHSTA Safety Rating
|Side Impact Front||4||4||4|
|Side Impact Rear||5||5||5|
|Roll Over Rating||4||4||4|
The rating stays same all way from th 2007 models to 2010 ( the latest figures available at the time of writing). In 2006, all safety figures were same, except the Side Impact Rear safety rating which was rated at 4.
It is clear from the Table that the Honda Civic protects the front seat driver and the passenger as evident from a perfect five stars, though, the side impact result for the front passengers is 4 starts. In real world scenario, the side crash is probabilistically less common, so we can expect to have a good faith in the safety rating of Honda Civic. It is expected that the 2012 Honda Civic will also have rating on similar lines.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is another body rates the vehicles for safety. For the 2010 Honda Civic model it has given top rating of “Good” for Civic’s frontal-offset and side-impact tests. Howeverm the Civic was rated “Acceptable” (second best) in side impacts.
Share your safety concerns and experience with previous year models of the Honda Civic. Do you think Honda can improve upon where it stands ?