The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tested the 2012 Coda electric sedan, and here is the good news about the results: the Coda scored five stars for the side crash and rollover tests, and four stars overall. What kept it from a five-star overall score is the bad news: a two-star result for its frontal impact test.

NHTSA issued a recall for the 2012 Coda over its side and window airbags, so there are two Codas listed in the test results – a pre-recall sedan that got no rating for the side impact test and no overall rating, and the post-recall sedan that was rated in every category.

To be even more precise on that frontal impact rating, the male crash dummy driver was left with a two-star score, the female crash dummy passenger got four stars. Judging from the videos, the frontal impact doesn't look like a two-star catastrophe, but NHTSA knows better than us and all of the deceleration and injury details are in these reports if you want to know everything.

If you just want to watch, however, videos of the crash tests can be found just below.






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      2 wheeled menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyway, that's what 2 stars looks like? not bad. Ever see a crash test of a Japanese car from the early 1990's in a frontal test? yeah, scary.
        JakeY
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        If you look at the details, the only reason it got 2 stars for frontal impact is because the driver rating was 2 stars (they rate the overall rating by the lowest stars). The rest were 4-5 stars, so if they make some improvements on the driver side, they should be able to get a 4 star rating there (they have a 4 star rating overall already).
      wooootles
      • 2 Years Ago
      "the male crash dummy driver was left with a two-star score, the female crash dummy passenger got four stars." I almost decided to make an airbag joke
        raktmn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wooootles
        Are you trying to say the man's airbag was too small, and he had airbag envy? (You opened the door, all I did was walk through... *grin*)
      mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Die greenie, die!! in your green chinese death trap!!
        bluepongo1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        No greenies fell for this poser-mobile or the hybrid fad because greenies do research and buy Teslas.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        [blocked]
      west
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd like to see a study on "natural selection influenced by choice of automobile" Every time I roll by a tiny Smart car I think, "wow, easy to park in the city"....then I think, "wow, simpler to be buried in too when you get crushed or crush into a tree, just pick up the whole mess and drop into the grave, it's like an expensive rolling coffin"
      bluepongo1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hopefully KIA owners will trade up to this. ;)
      2 wheeled menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Two words: Chinese chassis.
        Thereminator
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        I was wondering ware my recycled computer went. Good to know that all the toxic health hazards dotting the Chinese countryside weren't for not!
      lordedardstark1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Typische chinesische Autos!
      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      The only thing named Coda that will ever be in my house is the Led Zepplin album. I wouldn't step foot in that death trap.
      Krazeecain
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 2 star frontal impact test is actually a range extending feature. It discourages driving above residential speeds...
      noevfud
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought the Coda was based on an old 90's GM chassis not a Chinese platform?
      BipDBo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I do rather enjoy watch these get smashed. I propose they just keep smashing them until they get 5 stars. "Hey Coda, send some more cars!"
      Sukairain
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like it's built in the early 90's Performs like it's built in the early 90's Crashes like it's built in the early 90's Priced like it's being paid for exclusively on Government Subsidy. These scammers aren't even trying.
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