Tiny it may be, but the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit subcompact hatchback has earned a Top Safety Pick Rating from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
A press release from Honda said the 2015 Honda Fit earned the IIHS’ top rating of “Good” in four of the tests conducted by the institute. A quick look at the official IIHS test results page shows those four tests to be the moderate-overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests. The 2015 Honda Fit also earned a middling “Acceptable” rating from IIHS in the stringent small-overlap crash test that proves difficult for many cars, especially subcompacts — but that wasn’t the initial result, according to Honda’s press release.
An early-production 2015 Honda Fit was originally tested in March for the 2014 award year by IIHS and earned a GOOD in four out of five IIHS crash test modes and a MARGINAL score in the challenging small overlap frontal crash test. Demonstrating a strong commitment to safety, Honda engineers responded quickly with a modification to the Fit’s front bumper structure. Subsequent testing by IIHS confirmed the success of the design change, which has been incorporated into new vehicle production.
American Honda Vice President of Auto Operations Art St. Cyr said, “Honda’s deep-rooted commitment to safety and to our customers is perhaps best demonstrated by the fact that we were not satisfied with anything but a Top Safety Pick for the new 2015 Honda Fit. Vehicle by vehicle, our engineers are passionate about developing safety technologies that consumers have come to trust and expect from Honda.
“Though there is no regulatory requirement to do this, in keeping with Honda’s long-standing commitment to safety and focus on its customers, Honda has voluntarily engineered a product update which will allow all early-production vehicles to share the 2014 Top Safety Pick rating,” St. Cyr continued.
The release noted that with the change in production to accommodate the front bumper structure tweaks Honda made for better small-overlap crash safety, about 12,000 pre-existing 2015 Honda Fit models will get a replacement front bumper beam like the post-change production models get:
Honda is announcing this voluntary product update to encourage all owners that purchased an early-production vehicle to take their new Fit to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this update from Honda. At that time, Fit owners will also have access to a special phone line that will allow them to determine if their vehicle is eligible for the update or if it already has the updated bumper design from the factory. Customers can access this information beginning in late-September by calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.