The first model of the Smart car will be available to buy here in the US the first part of the year. Right now, a Smart Car is on display at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City. They are relatively inexpensive (the smart fortwo will start at $11,590), gas efficient (40 city/45 highway), enjoys a top speed of 90 mph,and is just plain CUTE!
Everyone I talk to about this new car company, which is a joint venture between Swatch and Mercedes-Benz, tell me they plan to buy one. The main reason they give is that the car is “green,” easy to park, and so very cool. Add in the low price tag, the press hype, and it is easy to predict that you will soon see Smart Cars zooming around town everywhere.
But what about safety?? According to the Smart car website, the vehicles are “designed to achieve a 4-Star crash rating in the U.S.” They will also come equipped with 4 airbags, and are engineered with a “tridion safety cell” to keep the occupants safe.
Many people are not yet sold on the car’s safety. An article on the NPR website states that “Many drivers will also wonder about safety. The car has four air bags and has done reasonably well in European crash tests. But at 1,600 pounds, the Smart will be the lightest car on American roadways, where there are far more sport utility vehicles. ”
This viewpoint is bound to be unpopular with all the Smart car fans, so feel free to share how you feel about the ” safety factor.” All reasonable viewpoints are welcome, flamers will be deleted.