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CarComplaints.com Notes: Considering sales numbers and data that monitors complaints-per-make, there appears to be an unusually high number of issues with the 2012 Fiat 500. Perhaps that isn't surprising -- it is the first model year of the car, and those tend to have a higher incidence rate.

Of particular concern is the number of engine and powertrain complaints submitted to NHTSA.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,395 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2012 Fiat 500 Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 282014

500 4-cyl

  • 6,186 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I'm a police officer that investigated a crash involving a Ford F150 P/U traveling approximately 35-40 mph; rear ending, straight on, a 2012 Fiat 500C that was stopped waiting to make a turn. Upon impact both front seats in the Fiat completely reclined and twisted outward to the extent the seats could not return to the upright position. The outward sides of the seat backs were wedge against the "B" pillar. Leg injuries would have been likely if there were back seat passengers.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #2

Oct 192011

500 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
Passenger seat does not secure to under carriage after being leaned forward for entry to back seat. Vigorous manipulation will eventually set it, but if not set sudden acceleration will bring seat forcefully against the legs of rear passenger. This occurred to us last year. 3 service visits to kirkland, wa dealership have all resulted in our being told that the seats are the #1 complaint and that the operation is normal.

- Vashon, WA, USA

problem #1

Jul 292011

500

  • 0 miles
This vehicle was recently awarded an iihs top pick safety award, but only for vehicles manufactured after July, 2011, when Fiat redesigned the seats for better side-impact protection. I own a Fiat 500 manufactured before July, so clearly my car is not as safe as those built afterward. Can NHTSA investigate and possibly force Fiat to recall the early vehicles to install the safer seats? from my dealings with them on simple, little things I'm confident they wouldn't volunteer to do it on their own.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

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