The passenger cell of the Ampera remained stable in the frontal impact. The car has driver and passenger airbags as standard equipment and dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of both front seat occupants. However, structures in the dashboard were thought to present a potential hazard to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. The Ampera scored maximum points in the side barrier test. The car also scored maximum points in the more severe side pole impact, the first car tested by Euro NCAP to do so, with good protection of all body areas. The protection provided by the seat and head restraint against whiplash injuries in a rear-end collision was marginal. The electrical safety of the car was checked after all of the impact tests and no problems were found.
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