New Crash Tests Impact Safety Recommendations for Popular Vehicles

by Carmen Dellutri on November 19, 2013

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Federal regulators are continually developing new ways to test vehicle safety. One of the latest tests evaluates how well cars and trucks perform in a small-overlap frontal crash.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) developed the test to mimics a "small overlap" impact, in which the vehicle hits a barrier, such as tree or light post, with just a quarter of the driver's side bumper. In traditional front impact tests, 40 percent of the vehicle's front bumper strikes the barrier.

The new tests are important given that an estimated 25 percent of all serious and fatal accidents are attributed to "small overlap" impacts, according to the IIHS. The crashes frequently lead to severe foot and leg injuries when the vehicle's front wheel is pushed back into passenger compartment.

Unfortunately, when put to the new test, many popular vehicles failed to impress. Consumer Reports, which regularly ranks cars and trucks in terms of safety, downgraded four popular models due to their poor performance in the small-overlap frontal crash test. They are the Audi A4 and Toyota Camry, Prius V, and RAV4.

“Clearly, some automakers will have to change their vehicles’ designs to do well in this test. With this large volume of test results that show such a wide range of results, we now feel it’s time to remove our recommendation from any vehicle that received a Poor score in the test so we can help consumers choose the safest cars,” the organization stated.

As Port Charlotte injury attorneys, we believe these new tests offer some food for thought for those considering the purchase of a new vehicle in the near future.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Port Charlotte motor vehicle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Port Charlotte injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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