Pontiac Fiero NHTSA Frontal Crash Test
This is one of the original crash test videos for the Pontiac Fiero. In
this video, dummies were restrained with the factory seatbelts.
"Fieros are deathtraps!" Not hardly......
Many people think that the Pontiac Fiero is an unsafe vehicle due to its
small size. It turns out that the Fiero was the safest vehicle ever tested
by the NHTSA without airbags. It was the second safest vehicle on the road
in 1985, second to the Volvo DL Wagon. The DL had airbags. Even by today's
standards, the Fiero still rivals many newer vehicles on the road today.
The methods of testing are exactly the same in 2010 as they were back in
1979 when NHTSA began testing cars. Cars are tested by impacting a solid
barrier at 35 MPH.
The Fiero received a 5 star crash rating for both driver and passenger. A
5-star rating means a 10% or lower chance of serious injury. So 5-star
means the same now as it meant 25 years ago.
Here are a few comparisons:
1984 Pontiac Fiero
Head Injury Criterion: 356.5/308.6
Chest Deceleration (G): 30.9/29.9
Femur Load 840/800 800/740
2003 Cadillac Deville
Head Injury Criterion: 826/507
Chest Deceleration (G): 75/58
Femur Load: 825/1297 875/848
2007 Buick Lacrosse
Head Injury Criterion: 374/259
Chest Deceleration (G): 43/42
Femur Load: 1099/1112 909/405
2009 Ford Focus
Head Injury Criterion: 521/389
Chest Deceleration (G): 40/40
Femur Load: 1133/1652 1138/968
As you can see, the 1980s Pontiac is still one of the safer cars on the
road today. The Fiero is as good as or better than many of today's vehicles
that have airbags.
The Fiero is also very stable. The Fiero received a Static Stability
Factor, or Rollover Resistance rating, of 1.47. This equates to a 5-star
Even if you are unfortunate enough to get into a rollover accident, the
Fiero excels in safety once again with its incredibly strong roof
structure. According to the NHTSA, the Fiero was tested by inverted drop
and roof crush testing. In the inverted drop test, the Fiero, along with
cars like the Ford F150 and Plymouth Laser were turned over and dropped on
their roofs. The Fiero scored best with 8.3 cm crush on the a-pillar and
3.8 cm on the B-pillar. The Ford F-150 had the worst rating with 42.5cm
crush on a-pillar and 40.6cm on the B-pillar. The Plymouth Laser actually
had a slightly better rating than Fiero for B pillar with 3.2cm crush.
In another publication, NHTSA tested cars roofs by crushing them with a
steel plate and hydraulic ram. In the example given, the Chevrolet S10 had
the worst rating with 5320 lbs roof strength, while the Fiero has the
highest rating with 9909 lbs of roof strength. This equates to 3.53 roof
strength to weight ratio, complying with even the most recent roof strength
requirement of 3.00:1 strength ratio. It is kind of funny how the Pontiac
Fiero is still meeting many of the most modern crash test requirements
without even frontal airbags.....
Now for Death rate. Death rate is a number given to cars to reflect the
likelihood of death in any particular vehicle. The Fiero, along with Camaros and Firebirds,
happen to have a very high death rate. A high death rate doesn't mean the
car is unsafe, it just means that this type of car is going to be driven faster and more recklessly,
increasing the chance of an accident, which in turn, increases the chance
of serious injury or death. If you hit a concrete wall at 80MPH with no
seatbelts on, I don't care what car you are in, you will be killed. The
human body just simply cannot take that kind of G load and people need to
stop driving like idiots. Please comment. I would like to see your reaction
to this and hear some of your crash stories. Please drive responsibly.
Video courtesy of NHTSA, NCAP and Calspan Crash Testing Center.
Other vehicle data from http://www.safercar.gov
Fiero crash test data from
Fiero frontal crush data from
Fiero Static Stability Factor data from
Fiero Death rate data from http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/809004.PDF
Fiero Roof Crush data from
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1988 Pontiac Fiero Formula Walkaround [HD]
I have nothing new so here's a video of my so-called "clunker" with the new
Currently has a small vacuum leak due to a rotted EGR tube gasket so it
sets off a Code 32; but it is still drivable. New gasket came today and
will fix next week.
Eco Steve Home Made 1984 Pontiac Fiero Electric Vehicle Conversion
1984 Pontiac Fiero Electric Vehicle Conversion / From start to finish with
a ride along. In this video you will see how easy it is to convert a gas
car to electric in your driveway with no garage and really no special
tools. I did have a coupler made from a machinist because this part has to
be pretty balanced as it can spin on the motor about 5000 rpm's. The
coupler cost about $600 but compared to me hacking in the backyard +/-
worth the money. The car cost $300, coupler $600,and the used forklift
parts and batteries free (salvaged). Not bad for around $1000!
The right way to Seafoam a Fiero
Sea Foam treatment on an 86 Fiero SE 2.8.
Use about 5.5Oz of fluid through the brake Booster. Then add the same amount to both the
gas tank and engine oil for long term protection.
LED Brakes and Rear Blinkers for the Pontiac Fiero
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This is the second video of a 2-part series where TLG-Auto.com's Chris
Nelson shows you what you need to do in order to upgrade the rear lighting
of your Pontiac Fiero to LED. Specifically this video shows you how to
install LED light bulbs in your tail lights, and how they are better than
the stock bulbs.
The Fiero LED Tail Light kit is here for both Notchback Models:
The red 1157 brake and turn LED bulbs are here:
The white 1156 reverse LED bulbs are here:
The load equalizing resistors are here: