Are Smart Cars Safe?

You’ve seen the small Smart Cars that zip around getting great gas mileage—and you’ve probably also heard horror stories about their safety ratings. While older models may have had some safety issues, 2018 Smart Cars are actually rated fairly safe according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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Smart Car Safety Ratings

The Smart ForTwo, the main 2018 model Smart Car, received a four-star NHTSA rating in its category. Some of its safety features include a hefty steel frame and high-tech front and side airbags.

It’s not just the NHTSA that rates the Smart ForTwo high either. The vehicle has received “good” marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the two areas that have been tested thus far.

What Is the Body of the Smart ForTwo Made Out Of?

In addition to having several safety features like Crosswind Assist and an electronic stability program, the car has a remarkably sturdy frame. The core is made from reinforced steel, with welded reinforcements inside the steel doors as well.

Is a Smart Car the Safest Option for Me and My Family?

When compared to other compact cars, the Smart ForTwo rates very well. However, larger cars will generally fare better in an accident than smaller cars—they have more weight behind them and are thus less likely to be pushed in a wreck. If you are looking for a safe and economical car, then a Smart Car is a great way to go; if overall safety is your main priority, then opting for a larger car may be a better solution.

If you are looking for a more fuel-efficient, compact car that is also safe, then you may want to look deeper into the Smart ForTwo. Additionally, check out our Car Safety Guide for more information about staying safe behind the wheel.

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Sources

  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “Distracted Driving,” Accessed on October 6, 2021.
  2. Federal Communications Commission, “The Dangers of Distracted Driving,” May 26, 2020. Accessed on October 6, 2021.

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Celeste Tholen
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Celeste Tholen
Celeste has dedicated her decade-long career to reporting and reviews that help people make well-informed decisions. She oversees editorial strategy and production for SafeWise, with a goal to help people find the information they need to make their homes and lives safer. Prior to SafeWise, she worked as an editor and reporter for KSL and Deseret News. She continues to report on local news as a volunteer with the community paper. For the last six years, she’s led a Girl Scout troop, teaching girls about safety and preparing for whatever life throws their way.

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