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I thought I start a separate discussion regarding IIHS Narrow Offset Barrier Crash Test which only apply for Models built after October 2013.

I just bought a 2014 Mazda 3 hatchback about 2 weeks and it was made on 9/2013. I bought the car only after seeing the IIHS crash test rating but I did not see the statement regarding "Models built after October 2013".:sad:

The Mazda 3 was redesigned for the 2014 model year. Beginning with 2014 models built after October 2013, the front suspension was modified to improve occupant protection in small overlap frontal crashes.

I contacted Mazda who said they know nothing which is what I suspected they would say. I also contacted IIHS and below is the reply:

Thanks for contacting the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The date of manufacture relates only to the small overlap test, not the other tests. The manufacturer let us know that changes were made to the suspension system, but we have no other details. We don’t know how this vehicle would have performed in the small overlap test without the changes. I hope this helps.

It is interesting to note that the suspension changes applied to the Mazda 3 was at same time the CX5 was updated – Built after 10/2013. According to IIHS,

The Mazda CX-5 was introduced in the 2013 model year. Beginning with 2014 models built after October 2013, the front and side airbag programming and the front structure were modified to improve occupant protection in small overlap frontal crashes.

I suspect that whatever suspension updates the CX5 received, the Mazda 3 also received since they share so much. I guess the good news is that there was no modification to the structure of the 3 like the significant structure changes Mazda had to make to the CX5 due to poor small offset barrier crash test.

This is bothering me and not sure to trade this car in or not.:undecided:

I would like to hear what you guys think.

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Hi, I am guessing that you are not serious about trading in a brand new care due to a "minor" change like this.

I have one made in October and have no idea if this was before or after the changes were made.

But I'm sure that this car is safer to drive than my 2012 Mazda 3 was. I am grateful for the backup camera and the lane change warnings that are on this new car.

What are the odds that any accident someone has would involve the exact impact they tested in this case, the odds of being hit by lightening are likely much greater.

No car is perfect, or is perfectly safe.
 

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I am a Mechanical Engineer and worked for Ford for 10 years and therefore am little nutty when it comes to car safety! I actually worked with few Japanese engineers in my old days on Ford's CT120 platform - Escort (Mazda BG platform). I commute 120 miles per day which is about 30,000 miles per year of mostly two lane state roads where are lots wrecks. It's bothering me because I actually waited until the crash test rating came out before purchasing the car. I think the October 2013 clause was not there at first and may have been put on there little later on IIHS website.

I had 4 requirements and only Mazda 3 fits: Safe, 40 MPG, Hatchback and Manual Transmission. Think I met all 4!

Yes I agree that its safer than the previous 3 or one of my old cars that I had when I went to college. 1991 Protégé!

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You have a right to be concerned about the safety about your car. But, if you are staying below 60 even a head on collision at almost any angle you will survive very unscathed maybe a broken bone, a few bruises, etc.

This of course would not include colliding with semi's and vehicles of that size which you are kind of screwed unless you got lucky..
 

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You have a right to be concerned about the safety about your car. But, if you are staying below 60 even a head on collision at almost any angle you will survive very unscathed maybe a broken bone, a few bruises, etc.

This of course would not include colliding with semi's and vehicles of that size which you are kind of screwed unless you got lucky..

As matter of fact I drive at posted 55 MPH posted speed limit on the winding 2 lane state roads (for 30 miles). Even on I-70 interstate highway (for 30 miles), I drive 65 - Semi-Truck posted speed limit. I find that fuel economy really suffers above 65 MPH. Guess it’s good for safety too!

I have to fill up every 3 days (120 miles per day) and every MPG counts!

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Purchased mine in October, built in August or something. No big deal lol I wouldn't want to trade the car because of this, but that's just me.
 

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I remember seeing in my G+ feed that IIHS had tested and rated 11 "micro mini" cars and only 1 got a good rating, the Mazda 2 came second. Bottom of the list was the Fiat 500 and Honda fit.

Anyhow this promped me to look up the Mazda 3 2014. Green all round.

IIHS Mazda 3 2014 Hatchback

Hope this helps
 
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