More Stringent Front-Impact Crash Tests Performed By IIHS

September 11, 2012 by  
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Multiple news agencies have revealed that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced a new addition to its crash tests and according to the reports, this may be the type of change that the auto industry needed, which will help to keep drivers and passengers safer from now on.

The new small overlap frontal crash test will demonstrate how a front corner impact may damage the car and cause serious injuries to the driver. Performed at forty miles per hour, the test is meant to be similar to hitting a pole or tree. This type of incident is mostly blamed for approximately twenty-five hundred deaths every year, according to the IIHS.

Reports issued publicly by the IIHS demonstrate that vehicles tested up to 2009 that got ‘good’ front collision ratings may not get the same scores with this new set of tests. The federal agency claimed that studies into these small overlap front crashes show that all of the impact of the collision is absorbed by the the firewall, wheel and suspension, which could result in the wheel being pushed into the footwell of the vehicle, which could then cause some serious and even fatal injuries to the driver.

Certain upscale midsize cars have been tested by the IIHS and after the new test standards have been embraced, only two models of vehicles out of eleven received good ratings. However, none reportedly received great scores. Although many may believe that BMW makes extremely safe cars, the 2012 BMW 3-series was rated ‘marginal’ by the federal agency after participating in the small overlap frontal collision tests.

The federal agency has stated that now its inspectors are focusing on testing affordable midsize cars. Officials urge carmakers to look into these new tests and their results to start working closely with engineers to develop safer cars that will keep occupants and drivers out of harm’s way in the event of different types of collisions.

According to the news, the safest vehicle tested by the IIHS’ new standards is the 2012 Volvo S60 model and the least safe are the 2012 Lexus ES, Lexus IS, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Hopefully, the federal agency will test affordable models soon.

If you would like to learn more about this new test and the dangers that drivers face if they are involved in a similar accident, you can read the full article here:

IIHS Announces More Stringent Front-Impact Vehicle Crash Test