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[side bags] "provide head and torso protection
The 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata hasn’t been crash-tested by either of the major agencies, which leaves a gaping hole for those concerned about occupant protection.
Feature-wise, the Miata has just enough to satisfy most shoppers, but it lacks some items, depending on the trim level. Anti-lock brakes, along with seat-mounted side airbags, are on the standard-equipment list, but electronic stability control—now thought of as an essential safety feature, especially on cars that might be driven in a spirited fashion or ones that aren’t as secure on slippery roads—is only offered as part of a Premium Package.
According to ConsumerGuide, the 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata features front driver and passenger airbags, as well as side airbags that "provide head and torso protection.”
Crash-test data is lacking for the 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata, and safety equipment fails to wow.