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Multiple Cars Fail the I.I.H.S Newest Crash Test

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Baisha Kreuzer5 years ago

According to a report by the IIHS, only 3 of 11 midsize luxury and near-luxury cars (all 2012 models) appraised earned an adequate score in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s innovative small overlap frontal crash test, the newest addition to a suite of tests premeditated to help consumers select the safest vehicles.

About the Small Overlap Front Crash Test

  • According to a report by the NY Times, this test is meant to simulate the outcomes of an accident in which the front corner of a car crashes with another car or stationary object.
  • According to IIHS, this type of test is not being used by any other association directing safety crash tests in the U.S or Europe.
  • Acura TL and Volvo S60 received the rating of Good in the results after the test.
  • The Infiniti G received a rating of Acceptable.
  • The Acura TSX, BMW 3-Series, Lincoln MKZ, and Volkswagen CC were rated Marginal.
  • The lowest rating of Poor was given to the Audi A4, Lexus ES 350, Lexus IS 250/350, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

In the past, each of the 11 vehicles tested had received ratings of Good in the frontal offset crash test, which is a test the IIHS has conducted since 1995. This new small overlap frontal crash test focuses on an angle of the car which misses the main crumple-zone structures in the middle of the vehicle. As a result, the test demonstrates a safety hazard that needs to be addressed in the models that received poor ratings. The results of these tests are prompting automakers to make the essential modifications to earn a rating of Good in the following testing round.

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