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 rollover rating.
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 http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/database/aspx/vehdb/queryvehicle.aspx
Fiero frontal crush data from http://www.nhtsa.org/DOT/NHTSA/NRD/Multimedia/PDFs/Crashworthiness/Air%20Bags/FMVSS_208_II.pdf
Fiero Static Stability Factor data from http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/regrev/evaluate/809868/images/SSFTrend%20final.pdf
Fiero Death rate data from http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/809004.PDF
Fiero Roof Crush data from http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/esv/esv19/05-0146-W.pdf and http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/safety/publications/1998/pdf/Roof_Crush.pdf.
http://www.safecarguide.com/mak/pontiac/idx.htm http://home.xnet.com/~paulv/techtips.htm#FIERO SAFETY http://members.fortunecity.com/lowkey88/crashtest.htm http://members.fortunecity.com/lowkey88/crashtest2.htm
88 Fiero GT AT Test Drive to 100 MPH
This is a slow run up to 100 mph in an 88 stock 2.8 liter V6 Fiero GT to
test its automatic transmission and stability after recent repair and brake
mods.The car shifts very quickly for an AT even though I did not push it
very hard with this test drive just in case anything decided to let loose.
This was not an acceleration test or max speed test... Stock Fiero's
are just not that fast to get all excited about but still a lot of fun to
drive if they can be made reliable.
How to Remove a 2.8 V6 Engine from a Pontiac FIero step-by-step (HD)
This is a video giving a visual step-by-step process on how to remove the
2.8 liter V6 engine from a Pontiac Fiero using basic tools. The only tools
that you may need to rent, borrow or buy is an engine hoist and some 4
wheel moving dolly's. I've attempted to make this video as visual as
possible so that anyone could see how to remove the engine using basic
This video can also be a useful guide when reinstalling the engine as is
shows how things were disconnected. Most of the disassembly steps can be
done in any order with the exception of a few parts.
Please comment and share with other Fiero enthusiasts.
If I do not know how to do something, I usually turn to YouTube FIRST to
see if there is a video on it. Since I use YouTube to teach me things I
figured I'd pay it forward and post videos of what I know.
HUGE Fiero Compilation , 250+ Pics
*Guys, Thanks so much for the 50,000 views! Please leave comments if you
want, I try to answer all the ones I can.
I collected all these photos for myself when I had my Fiero because each
picture inspired me in some way, never thought putting them in a slide show
would get people watching. If you know anyone with a Fiero, lead them here
so they can get some inspiration/ideas about theirs too.
Pontiac Fiero NHTSA Frontal Crash Test WITHOUT Seatbelts
This is another crash test video for the Pontiac Fiero. In this test, the
occupants are NOT wearing seatbelts. This goes to show how deadly even the
safest cars can be when the occupants are not wearing seatbelts.
This was tested at 29.7 MPH into a solid Barrier. The driver would have a
fair chance of surviving, but would have broken ribs and sternum. The
passenger would have a broken neck from its head going through the
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.
Head Injury Criterion: 356.5/308.6
Chest Deceleration (G): 30.9/29.9
Femur Load 840/800 800/740
Head Injury Criterion: 870.5/552
Chest Deceleration (G): 62.6/90.6
Femur Load 1113/1170 1056/1067
So as you can see, by not wearing your seatbelt, the crash test rating of
this car goes from 5 stars to only 2 stars. Thats going from less than 10%
of serious injury to 36-40% chance of serious injury!!!!!
Before you comment, realize this test is WITHOUT SEATBELTS.
Even a safe car like the Fiero cannot protect you if you dont WEAR YOUR
Water By The Bridge 2013, 3800SC Fiero GT Dyno Sesh
This is my 3800SC swapped 1986 Fiero GT on the Dyno Dynamics Dyno at Water By The Bridge
2013. It put down 224WHP/279WTQ.
Although still a good number, Dyno Dynamics is notorious for
reading 12-15% low, when compared to a DynoJet Dyno, in which I put down
254/316 last fall.
When corrected 15%, power output is 258WHP/321WTQ, which is way more
realistic for my quarter mile time of 12.86 @ 104 in a 2900lb car.
Mods are in the video.
Full Electric Car Home Conversion - 1988 Pontiac Fiero Part 1
The process of converting my Pontiac Fiero to 144 volt electric car. Full
video documentation of the process along with a few test drives. It runs on
12, 12 volt Trojan deep cycle lead acid batteries. Powered by a 9.1 in.
dia. Advanced DC motor with a 500 amp Curtis controller. Part 2 and 3 will
be coming soon. GO ELECTRIC!
Fiero Wins King Of The Hill
9/12/09 Spectator race at autocityspeedway. Only street cars with not made
for racing tires, one lap, double elimination. Winner gets $500 everyone
else gets a $50 gas card.
20th Fiero Anniversary Unloading Turbo Indy 90 Prototype
The 20th Anniversary Of the Pontiac Fiero. Here they are unloading all the
most rare and valuable Fieros from the GM Vault. The 90 Prototype, Original
Indy PAce car, turbo Fiero, Convertible,
IMSA GTU race Car, 4 seater Fiero, first and last Fiero ever made, Super
Duty Fiero PPG Formula. This is not my Video, i just put it here for more
to enjoy than where it was.
Smokey Yunick 51 mpg Fiero
http://www.legendarycollectorcars.com This Fiero was modified by Smokey
Yunick and gets 51 mpg while going 0 to 60 in 5 sec. Why wasn't it ever put
into production? see more at www.legendarycollectorcars.com
Pontiac Fiero rear impact fuel system integrity test
This is the rear impact fuel system integrity test for the 1984-1988
Pontiac Fiero, courtesy of NTS Corporation in California. This is proof
once and for all that Pontiac Fieros dont blow up in rear collisions.
This 1984 Fiero was impacted in the rear by a full-width moving barrier at
29.45mph. You can see that there is minimal crush distance of only 366mm
(14.4 inches). You can see how the engine cradle moves forward and bends
the floorpan where the front cradle mounts are welded. The Fiero leaked no
fuel in this test.
The fuel tank in a Fiero is the safest place for it, since it is the
farthest away from any point of impact.
Show this to anyone who thinks you will have a Pinto moment if you are
rear-ended in a Fiero lol.
Look at the other Fiero crash tests in my channel.