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2010 Kia Forte safety: IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

The 2010 Kia Forte is Top Safety Pick According to IIHS – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety!

One of the most important features that car buyers are looking for in an automobile is safety. This is why the Top Safety Pick award is an important accolade for the wining car, the 2010 Kia Forte.

Recently, the US-based research firm, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just given the important Top Safety Pick honors to the 2010 Kia Forte, one of the highest rated small cars according to Thecarconnection.

Originally, the 2010 Kia Forte did not “wow” its testers. The result of its safety tests was a simple “acceptable” and not exemplary. It received an “acceptable” overall rating for side impact and driver torso protection, with just a “marginal” ranking for passenger torso protection and driver head protection.

In October 2009, Kia decided to improve its rating and implemented some design changes to the Forte’s B-pillar and roof structure so that passengers and driver are better protected when the car rolls over or is hit from the sides.

The 2010 Kia Forte went through a retest, and true enough it earned an overall “good” score and received the Top Safety Pick designation. This recognition guarantees that the car stood stern and protected from the frontal, side and rear impact tests. The new roof was also declared strong and electronic stability secure.

“The Kia brand is growing rapidly in the U.S. thanks to new vehicles such as the Forte that embody our core philosophies of quality, value, style and safety,” said Michael Sprague, the vice president of marketing for Kia Motors America (KMA).

He added that the “Forte offers buyers a youthful and dynamically styled vehicle with an impressive array of standard safety features, and being honored as an IIHS “Top Safety Pick” award winner furthers its position as a top contender in its segment and a vehicle that offers consumers the entire package.”

The improved and redesigned 2010 Kia Forte also did well in federal crash tests, which declared that its side rear rating improved from three stars to four stars. It received five stars in all other frontal and side categories.

So what make the Kia Forte one of the safest cars to drive? This new Kia car has active front headrests, two-stage airbags, airbags mounted at the frontseat and side curtain, 4-wheel disc brakes with an antilock brake system or ABS, electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and brake assist system (BAS), electronic stability control (ESC), traction control system (TCS) and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

For your driving pleasure, the 2010 Kia Forte also comes with standard features such as AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system outfitted with SIRIUS Satellite Radio capabilities, auxiliary audio input jack and USB port to connect MP3 players as well as Bluetooth, and steering wheel-mounted controls for convenient hands-free operation.

Manufactured to replace the Spectra sedan, the 2010 Kia Forte proved to be a great improvement when it comes to safety, design and drivability. Kia Motors recently released an official statement saying, “The Forte model has been highly successful in the U.S. market with its outstanding design, quality, and convenience, and this award will only boost its popularity as it proves the car’s safety measures as well”.

12 thoughts on “2010 Kia Forte safety: IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

  1. The Forte Koup has a whole different body structure than the sedan. I don’t believe Kia has made any Koups available for crash testing.

  2. I wouldn’t expect the Koup to be tested. IIHS only tests the most popular vehicles on its own dime. Mfgs have to pay the IIHS for the car if they ask for anything to be tested outside a regular group or to be retested. It’s possible they’d do it just to see what the difference is, as they’ve done before, but no one should hold their breath.

  3. “In October 2009, Kia decided to improve its rating and implemented some design changes…”

    YEA! Let’s hear it for KIA. This is great news for anyone who bought their Forte Sedan after October ’09. I bought mine in August. YIKES! I guess my options are now paralysis and/or death. Just know I help lay the groundwork for KIA safety. You’re welcome. Ray

  4. My Forte was buit in May 2009 and I got it in August 2009. DOOMED!

    That’s what I get for being an early adopter…

  5. We want Rio!!

    We Want Rio!!

    We Want Rio!!

    We Want Rio!!

    We Want Rio!!

  6. I think the Sedan will look like a Baby Optima. The Hatch, i dont know. I hope the Rio shares 1.6 GDi with Accent. I wish Rio had a hot version with like a GDi Turbo.

  7. Ray and Bernard:

    Note that you can get your car modified to correct the airbag problem noted in the first frontal crash; there’s no update for the problems noted in the side crash, but it still got an acceptable, which is not something the IIHS gives to a car with a high probability of paralysis or death. However, I would note that the dummies are 50-percentile male ones; if you’re taller than average the airbag length issue isn’t as much an issue for you. Shorter drivers of course would be even more at risk.

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