Most midsize vehicles earn ‘good’ rating in new IIHS side crash test

Ten out of 18 midsize gentle vehicles earned “good” scores in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety‘s new side-impact analysis.

IIHS updated the side test to “address higher-speed crashes that continue to cause fatalities.” The new test additionally makes use of a 4,200-pound barrier hanging the automobile at 37 mph, as an alternative of the earlier 3,300-pound barrier that struck the automobile at 31 mph. According to a news release, these adjustments imply the simulated crash “produces 82 percent more energy.”

IIHS gave scores of “good,” “acceptable,” “marginal” and “poor” to vehicles it labeled as midsize.

To earn a “good” rating in each variations of the side test, the occupant compartment of the automobile should maintain its form, the crash-test dummies should not present indicators of extreme accidents, and the side airbags and seat belts should “prevent the dummies’ heads from making hard contact with the interior of the vehicle.”

The 10 vehicles to obtain a “good” rating have been the Ford Explorer, Infiniti QX60, Lincoln Aviator, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder, Subaru Ascent, Toyota Highlander, Volkswagen Atlas, Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport and the electrical Volkswagen ID4.

The Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse earned “acceptable” scores, whereas the Honda Passport, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Palisade, Jeep Wrangler four-door , Kia Telluride and Nissan Murano earned “marginal” scores.

IIHS President David Harkey instructed Automotive News that he was pleasantly shocked with the outcomes of the test as a result of when the institute ran the new test on small crossovers in the autumn, just one out of the 20 examined vehicles obtained a “good” rating.

“It means that the automakers have already started to make improvements in their vehicles that can prevent these more severe collisions and injuries,” Harkey mentioned. “And so we are encouraged that we think the automakers will continue to progress pretty rapidly at improving their vehicles and providing even more safety for consumers.”

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