Safety rating = 5 out of 5

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Dual frontal, side chest and side head-protecting airbags (all standard) and collision absorption framing

Due to its relatively low sales numbers in the USA and no expected shortcomings based on other tests performed in Europe and Australasia, it is unlikely that the 124 Spider will undergo a thorough series of crash tests, but due to it’s structural similarity to it’s sister vehicle, the MX-5 (“and all it’s variants”, which includes the 124 Spider), having done so well in the ANCAP testing (5 out of 5 stars), we should feel confident that we are not shortchanged regarding occupant protection in our tight little cabins.

The MX-5 did well in Euro NCAP testing as well, and they awarded the vehicle 4 out of 5 stars, apparently getting nicked for “the driver’s airbag did not have sufficient pressure to prevent the head from making contact with the steering wheel, through the airbag material”.  Here is a link to a summary of their test results.  Also note in this Euro NCAP YouTube video, that it shows the active bonnet in action, as required in Europe for pedestrian protection and explained further here.

Here are 2 photos from the ANCAP tests performed last year  ⇓

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The ND (MX-5), NE (Abarth 124) and NF (Fiat 124) platforms are all basically the same regarding structural integrity, so the test results can be expected to be replicated.

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