- Frontal Crash Test Rating: 5 stars for driver and passenger seat
- Side Crash Test Rating: 5 stars for front and rear passenger seats
The Kia Carnival, also called the Sedona, minivan has earned the federal government’s top Five Star safety rating for the driver and front and rear seat passengers in both frontal and side impact crash tests, according to information released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Kia Carnival shares the five-star rating in both frontal and side impact crash tests, an achievement equaled by only one other 2002 model year minivan.
The frontal and side crash tests are part of NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) that provides consumers with safety information about the two most common injury-causing crashes.
NHTSA tested 2002 Kia Carnival in a 35-mph (56.3Km/h) frontal impact into a fixed barrier, which is equivalent to a head-on collision between two similar vehicles each moving at 35 mph(56.3Km/h). In a separate test, NHTSA administered side impact on another 2002 Kia Carnival in a test that is meant to simulate an intersection-type collision. In the test a 3,015-pound (1,366 Kg) barrier moving at 38.5 mph (62Km/h) is thrust into a standing vehicle.
The barrier is covered with material that has "give" to simulate the front of a vehicle, which would behave in a similar manner during a crash. In both tests, the Carnival was given the highest rating.
“The five-star rating is a great achievement and a tremendous validation of Kia’s engineering expertise,” said Peter M. Butterfield, Kia’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. “With the highest safety rating, more standard features and a powerful engine, the Carnival stands out as the best value in the minivan market.”
The Carnival has already earned a five-star rating in a new car assessment program carried out in Korea in August 2001. The Carnival is thus classified among the best mini vans in terms of safety both at home and in the U.S market.