The new ŠKODA FABIA is one of the safest small cars
ŠKODA AUTO has improved the active and passive safety elements in this model’s fourth generation and expanded the range of assistance systems, which were previously only available for higher-tier vehicles. The robust body structure with high degree of torsional stiffness and great stability contribute to the car’s excellent parameters. Standard trim includes driver and passenger airbags, head airbags, front side airbags and the ISOFIX child car seat tethering system, complete with a third TopTether hook on the rear seat backrest. Travel Assist also contributes to the car’s top safety. The optional system provides automatic support for the car’s longitudinal and transverse guidance. It combines, among other things, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which automatically adjusts the driving speed according to the vehicle in front of the car, and Lane Assist. The optional Side Assist, which warns drivers of vehicles approaching from behind when they attempt to change lanes, was also improved.
The passive safety development is first carried out virtually using simulations and calculations. Next, the functionality is verified with a real test. The car’s front parts (e.g. the bumper, headlights and hood) are optimised from the start using dynamic loading by so-called impactors, which represent the individual human body parts. The goal is to make the car’s entire front part flexible enough to prevent death and serious injury to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists in the event of a collision.
airbags protect passengers
in the FABIA top trim.
„During the development of the FABIA model, we fired impactors at the car and its parts more than 200 times. On average, however, one such a test is preceded by about 140 virtual simulations, which we use to optimise the parts of the car’s front before the actual testing.“
EKS/1 – vehicle Safety – Front crash, Pedestrian