Ford Ka Fails Latin NCAP’s Tests, Scores 0 Stars For Adult Occupant Protection [w/Video]

The Ford Ka is now the latest in a long string of cars to have failed Latin NCAP crash tests.

Made in Brazil, where it also happens to be the third best-selling car, the Ka achieved 0 stars for adult occupant protection. You read that correctly, ZERO.

After earning four stars during a frontal crash test some two years ago, the A-segment car was now subjected to the additional side barrier impact test. Performed at 50km/h (31mph), it showed high levels of injuries in the chest area of the dummy, high B-pillar intrusion into the compartment, plus the opening of a door.

The results for child occupant protection were also poor, as the Ford Ka failed to reach a maximum 5-star safety rating, earning only 3 stars. Most points were lost because of the poor ISOFIX marking, not being able to disconnect the front passenger airbag when installing a rear-facing child seat, and due to the right door that opened during the side impact, exposing the child dummy to high risks of injury.

These results are also valid for the Ford Figo/Aspire model, which is sold in certain parts of South America, including Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Panama.



  • Six_Tymes

    where is the list that passed, and scored top?

  • Bash

    Isnt this kinda common for most of the small cars. I don’t find this very surprising tbh

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      No, it’s not common for small cars, only those produced in lower socioeconomic countries as manufacturers cheapen the construction and safety features of those vehicles.

      • brn

        You make sense. However, smaller crumple zones also affect how welll it will do.

        In addition, the side impact crash test isn’t using an infinite mass crash, so the mass of the vehicle being tested is a factor.

      • Bash

        Are you saying that Hyundai I10 and Chevy sonic or Honda Fit and the likes will score better? Would you show some proof?

  • fabri99

    I don’t want to sound naive, but it disgusts me that car makers don’t give a damn about safety and just try to sell a coffin on wheels as soon as they get the chance. I wonder how south american people are ok with this.

    • DuDE

      Most automakers dont give a damn about third world countires.

      • fabri99

        Which is messed up. Especially when it comes to safety.

      • willhaven

        That’s not entirely true. A lot of developing countries simply don’t have the income levels required to purchase the latest and greatest safety features we enjoy in North America and across a lot of Europe.

        If consumers demand the safety features because they’re willing to pay, they’ll be offered.

    • willhaven

      Cheap transportation. Safe cars are expensive.

      • fabri99

        That doesn’t allow them to sell unsafe cars. It’s just morally (and probably even legally) wrong.

        • willhaven

          It all depends on the local laws. If car makers need to include certain safety features in order to sell those cars in a specific market, they’ll offer the bare minimum based on the law.

          Coming from Argentina, I know people put a lot less emphasis on safety and a lot more on value.

        • gary4205

          If you can’t afford to buy a safer car, then what difference does it make?

          It’s eaither this thing….or shoe leather.

    • SteersUright

      Its even more disgusting when its from a Global Manufacturer that already knows how to meet USA and Euro crash requirements as it shows a lack of respect, regard and care for people from a poorer nation.

      • fabri99

        Exactly. It isn’t a lack of technology, know-how or fundings. It’s lack of care for people who’s voice isn’t as loud as others.

    • Vitor Meireles

      In general (and especially in third world countries), automotive manufacturers don’t care about safety. They only seek to meet the demands made by the government. Here in Brazil basically only (since 2014) airbags and ABS are required in new vehicles. Only from 2020 will the ESC (or ESP / DSC) be mandatory. There are still no regulatory standards involving crash-testing like Euro NCAP ou NHTSA. Latin NCAP still works only as information. One fundamental thing in this is the price that cars and these “technologies” have here. Have fun entering the configurators of brazilian automakers sites and seeing how our cars, even less equipped and safe, are more expensive than those sold in Europe and the US. Whenever the government seeks to establish new requirements, it finds resistance from the lobbying of carmakers who are afraid of losing sales volume.

      Brazil: Ford Ka 1.0 (2 airbags) – €11.505 or 36 times the average monthly brazilian wage.
      Italia: Ford Ka 1.2 (6 airbags) – €10.750 or 4 times the average monthly italian wage.

      • willhaven

        In Argentina, cars that are imported are even more expensive because of the tariffs imposed. I’m not sure if the same is true for Brazil, but it basically forces Argentines that are not wealthy to purchase the crappy cars that are manufactured within the borders and possibly within Mercosur.

        • Vitor Meireles

          I don’t know exactly about the cars, but here in Brazil when you import some product, you could end up paying up to 60% of Import Tax. Of course, there are trade agreements to reduce such taxes as Brazil/Argentina, Brazil/Colombia and Brazil/Mexico. That way, if you see an imported car sold by the manufacturer here or it comes from those countries or it’s very expensive and uncompetitive.

          Average income, internal taxes (this is a big problem in Brazil), import taxes… This and a few more things explain why security is a very expensive “item” here and that sometimes is set aside in cars that seek to have a large volume of sales.

  • gary4205

    Once you shrink wrap people in these tiny cars, safety goes out the window.