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Old 10 Jan 2011, 07:46 pm
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Default Is my 1998 Honda Civic Coupe a deathtrap? (Prefer answers from Civic owners or other

knowledgeable car people)? I recently bought a 1998 Honda Civic Coupe, my very first car. One of the main factors in my car choice was safety... I saw on MSN Autos that this Civic had a 4 star frontal crash rating. And overall it had Good and Acceptables on the frontal offset crash test. I thought this was pretty safe for a car of its age. (I've also always heard Hondas were one of the safer makes.) HOWEVER...the side crash test rating wasn't listed on msn autos...I thought it just wasn't tested. I guess oblivion really is bliss ha ha. Yesterday I saw on a different site that in a side accident, there's only a 3 star rating for passenger side and only 2 stars for the my (driver's) side!

Now I'm afraid I'm going to die whenever I get into my car.

I know compact cars are never the safest, but I always hear that Civics are one of the safest small cars. Has anybody here ever experienced an accident in a Civic? Or do you know anyone who has crashed a Civic? What was it like?

I read a few reviews on older Civics that also said the airbags have a nasty habit of not deploying in an accident...Is this common with all older cars, or is this just a specific problem the civic?
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Old 10 Jan 2011, 08:01 pm
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The best safety feature of any vehicle is a proficient and alert driver. Even the safest car in the world can kill you.

40,000 people lost their lives in car crashes in the US alone last year. More Marines die on US roads than in combat.
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Old 10 Jan 2011, 08:16 pm
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it's the same issue with every single car out there that does not come with a side airbag. In 1998, side airbags only exists in luxary cars like BMW and mercedes, and none of the economy cars have them. So at the time they were manufactured, it was considered good safety, and side impact was not tested on a normal basis, and there was no standard.

Now the crash ratings have changed over the years, since side airbag became popular on cars around 2005 ish, and became widely standard about 2007, and now required by law on every vehicle sold in the US(due to a law passed in recent years)the crash rating system also changes. In today's safety standard, it's impossible to get above a 3 star without side airbags( it's hard to even get a 2 star, so you should be glad as the door is at least designed nicely), since they now test it and rate it in the same way they test frontal impacts.

So yes, in real world impacts, if you do get T-boned by a SUV going at 35mph, you will most likely suffer severe injury. But that's the same with pretty much everyone out there that's driving cars prior to maybe 2007 model. That's just part of driving an old car. You can't expect the same safety performance out of a 12 year old car to be the same as a recent model.

And yes, nowadays 60% of all traffic accident death in US are caused by side impact accidents, which is the main reason why now every single new car sold in US must have side airbags as standard.

they recently started testing roof strength and roll over protection as well...and consider that in the whole vehicle rating. Those old cars would most likely epic fail those tests...

airbags on older cars do fail more often than newer ones, as everything tend to have more possibility to go wrong when they are older, it's not just a problem with the civic, it's across the board. The incident you read is most likely some rare cases. If there was REALLY problem with the airbag not deploying, Honda would've issued a recall.
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I have this other safety devices in mine " a steering wheel and brakes---also have windows and lights. I am pretty sure that is standard equipment in every make of car.

However, if you bought your car "just to go out and plough into other cars: A Honda was a poor choice. Better if you had a D8 Caterpillar bulldozer, or a tank. But forget about the stereo sound - too much engine noise. Even they are not immune to a locomotive.

Let those who have eyes...see

Let those who have common sense...use it.
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