If you are shopping for the safest convertible on the market, there are a few choices that are all within reach. Convertibles are sometimes labeled as not being safe in comparison to conventional vehicles. There are a few reasons for this. When the top of a convertible is down, the car's chassis does lose a bit of torsional rigidity. Advances in material and design resolve the majority of the loss in rigidity. If a convertible flips over, the car may be left unprotected. However, convertibles built today have integrated roll bars which protect passengers in the unlikely event of a roll over. Moreover, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has deemed the following cars as having "Good" (top grade given) across the board for front, side, and rear crash test ratings. Here are the safest convertibles on the market today.
First on the list is the Ford Mustang. The current generation improves both ride quality and rigidity through the use of a combination of composites, aluminum and steel. Ford Mustang Convertibles built after December 2009 qualify for the IIIHS safety mark. Mustangs built before that date are deemed "acceptable" by the IIHS. The Mustang comes with standard electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, and a range of airbags that include seat, head, and torso airbags. The Mustang crash tests showed that injury risk was low.
Saab 9-3 Convertible
Next on the list is the Saab 9-3 convertible. This car features a rollover protection system in the form of roll bars, which have been discussed earlier in this article. It also comes with standard electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes. Crash tests showed that the driver's survival space was well maintained, and that leg injuries were low.
Volkswagen Eos Convertible
The Volkswagen Eos is the next convertible on the list and received good scores except for the head/neck part of the test. This was due to a high head acceleration when the crash test dummy hit the steering wheel after the airbag had been deployed. This car also features pop up bars during a rollover. Side and torso airbags, as well as electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes are also standard.
Volvo C70 Convertible
The Volvo C70 features the most safety features out of any car on the list. It does have rollover bars, but it also adds in one more part to rollover safety, which are rollover sensors. Rollover sensors are typically found on SUVs since those are more prone to rolling over. These sensors can sense an impending rollover and can actually deploy the side airbags before the collision occurs to maximize safety. There are also front door head airbags, as well as torso airbags. Standard electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes are also installed. The crash tests showed that the driver's survival space was well maintained, leg injuries were low, and the driver's head only hit the head restraint and sun visor on the way back.