In the IIHS’s moderate overlap, the Chevrolet Spark achieved the highest possible possible “good” ranks for front, side, roof strength and head restraints tests and in the IIHS’s latest small overlap test, this top safety pick achieved “Acceptable” scores. The safety pick is designed to replicate the situation in case the front end of a vehicle strikes another solid object or vehicle.
General director of vehicle, safety and Crashworthiness of General Motors said, “Spark’s impressive performance in the IIHS’s most stringent test has yet demonstrated the intensive efforts of our global safety team to deliver big safety in a small package. Spark’s safety structure makes extensive use of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels and its robust passenger protection package includes 10 standard air bags.”
When it comes to designing crashworthiness, it becomes very challenging for minicars. Spark has a short wheelbase of 93.5 inches and so the spark team is needed to strengthen the front end of the car to increase its power of absorption and distribution of energy.
The 62% under body and 42% upper body of the Spark is made from high strength but lightweight steel. The door beams of the car are rigid and strong as well as an H-Shaped structure under the seating area has been designed to increase protection. The roof bow and B-Pillar of the car is also constituted of high strength steel to increase protection in a rollover crash. Similarly, a high strength rear rail is also allocated to increase protection to the fuel tank.
The Spark is also laced with some additional safety features such as three-point safety belts in all four seats, rollover sensing system, LATCH child seat attachment system, safety belt pretensioners for driver and front passenger seats, Collapsible steering column and adjustable head restraints.