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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-14-2012, 06:11 AM Thread Starter
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Luxury Cars Faulter in New Crash Tests



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Newly implemented crash safety tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have redefined what a safe car is, with the first round of vehicles submitted to the latest procedure not fairing well. In total just three of 11 luxury models tested had acceptable results.

Of the models tested, only the Volvo S60 and Acura TL earned ratings of “good” while the Infiniti G earned a rating of “acceptable”. Of those that failed to meet the new standards, the Acura TSX, BMW 3 series, Lincoln MKZ and Volkswagen CC earned a rating of “marginal” while the Mercedes C-Class, Lexus IS 250/350, Audi A4 and Lexus ES 350 earned ratings of “poor”.

Based on these new results, all but the TL and S60 will lose their coveted “Top Safety Pick” rating from the institute.

The test, where 25 percent of the driver’s side of the car strikes a 5-foot-tall barrier at 40 mph is intended to replicate an accident where a vehicle hits another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility poll. The reason for the test, says the institute, is the number of deaths that still result from these types of crashes.

According to statistics compiled by the IIHS, deaths resulting from crashes in 0 to 3 year old passenger cars has dropped 55 percent since 2001. The agency estimates one quarter of front crashes are “small overlap” crashes.

“Nearly every new car performs well in other frontal crash tests conducted by the Institute and the federal government, but we still see more than 10,000 deaths in frontal crashes each year,” Institute President Adrian Lund says. “Small overlap crashes are a major source of these fatalities. We think this is the next step in improving frontal crash protection.”

According to the IIHS, the Volvo S60 came out best in the new test, while the Lexus IS suffered as much as 10 times the damage, with serious “occupant compartment intrusion”. The IIHS also went so far as to point out that when testes the Volkswagen CC had its door completely ripped off, the first vehicle to ever have this happen.
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wow so many cars I thought wouldn't be on the list of being marginal/poor

3 series, c class, is, es

I know so many ppl that are driving the ones I listed and they are thinking they are driving something safe

Well I like to see how the hippy Prius fares in these tests

40mph that's a good amount of speed for an impact test so I guess I shouldn't be all shocked that these mid size cars don't do so well.

EDIT: no data on prius for "Small overlap front test results"

what's interesting if you visit the website and you click the results for the new test it breaks it down by

structure/safety cage
injury measures: head/neck, chest, hip/thigh, lower leg/foot
Restraints/dummy kinematics

the article focuses mainly on the structure/safety cage score

but the rest head/neck, chest, hip/thigh score "good" on most of the vehicles listed with the exception of the lower leg/foot not so good

got to look at the whole picture/results

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