The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently conducted “small overlap” crash tests, and some small and popular SUVs did not fare well.
Findings of the Study
The study found that only two out of the 13 small SUVs did well on the test. Subaru’s Forester received the highest rating with a ranking of “good.” The next vehicle in ranking was the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, which received an “acceptable” rating. Vehicles that received “poor” ratings included the Buick Encore, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage and Jeep Patriot. Vehicles that received “marginal” ratings included the BMW X1, Nissan Rogue, Mazda CX-5, and Volkswagen Tiguan. Most of the vehicles were models from 2012 or 2013.
The Small Overlap Crash
The “small overlap” crash tested in the study covers approximately 25 percent of the front end of a vehicle. This test was added to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s regimen last year. The intention was for vehicle manufacturers to increase the crash resistance for the vehicles that they manufacture.
Other IIHS Tests and Ratings
The United States government conducts its own front crash test, but the IIHS’ tests are stricter than those tests. The IIHS states that approximately 25 percent of the fatal collisions or collisions that involve serious injuries occur to people who are in the front seat at the time of the accident. These accidents occur when a vehicle misses the main structure of the other vehicle that is designed to absorb the impact of the collision.
Consumers and auto manufacturers take notice of IIHS ratings. In particular, many consumers look at these ratings when they research vehicles online.
Small and midsize SUVs are among some of the most popular vehicles that are being sold currently, due to adequate space for families and decent gas mileage. Some manufacturers of vehicles that were involved in the recent tests say that they are taking the ratings seriously.
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