Neither the IIHS nor NHTSA has crash-tested the 2010 BMW 1-Series. However, across the pond the European New Car Assessment Program gives the 1-Series a five-star vehicle safety rating in crash tests.
BMW also includes a host of standard safety features, such as airbags, ABS, traction control, and an electronic stability control system. Kelley Blue Book points out that the BMW 1-Series offers "standard front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability and traction controls." ConsumerGuide praises the 2010 BMW 1-Series' "antiskid system, tire-pressure monitor, [and] daytime running lights."
Visibility is generally good in the 2010 BMW 1-Series. ConsumerGuide finds that on the BMW 2010 1-Series, "thin pillars in the coupe provide fine visibility to all directions, though wide front headrests can get in the way when backing." Visibility is considerably worse on convertibles when the top is up.