IIHS news release • May 14, 2008
First Institute crash tests of Smart car: diminutive two-seater earns top ratings for protecting people in front & side crashes
ARLINGTON, VA — The Smart car is getting a lot of attention for its small size and style, and now it's earning impressive crash test ratings. In recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, the 2008 Smart Fortwo, the smallest car for sale in the US market, earned the top rating of good for front and side crash protection. Its seat/head restraints earned the second highest rating of acceptable for protection against whiplash in rear impacts.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr051408.html
Mini and microcar bumpers
IIHS news release • June 11, 2009
Mini and microcar bumpers allow pricey damage; none of the 7 tested rates
good under new system
ARLINGTON, VA — Urban drivers often pick mini and microcars because
they're affordable, fuel efficient, and easy to park on city streets.
Fender-benders are hazards of urban driving, and just one of them can add
up to thousands of dollars in repair costs because the bumpers don't
adequately protect vehicles from damage. None of the bumpers on 7 mini and
microcars the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently tested earns
the top rating of good, and just 1, the Smart Fortwo, is acceptable. Five
out of the 7 earn poor ratings and 1 earns a marginal.
Full text of news release: http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr061109.html
Safety consequences of vehicle size and weight
IIHS news release • April 14, 2009
New crash tests demonstrate the influence of vehicle size and weight on
safety in crashes; results are relevant to fuel economy policies
ARLINGTON, VA — Three front-to-front crash tests, each involving a
microcar or minicar into a midsize model from the same manufacturer, show
how extra vehicle size and weight enhance occupant protection in
collisions. These Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests are about
the physics of car crashes, which dictate that very small cars generally
can't protect people in crashes as well as bigger, heavier models.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr041409.html
Low-speed vehicle crash tests
IIHS news release • May 20, 2010
ARLINGTON, VA - Low-speed vehicles and minitrucks shouldn't share busy
public roads with regular traffic
More states are allowing a relatively new breed of vehicle on public roads,
but crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show why the
mix of low-speed vehicles (LSVs) or minitrucks and regular traffic is a
deadly combination. LSVs are designed for tooling around residential
neighborhoods, and minitrucks are for hauling cargo off-road. While these
vehicles have a lot of appeal as a way to reduce emissions and cut fuel
use, they don't have to meet the basic safety standards that cars and
pickups do, and they aren't designed to protect their occupants in crashes.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr052010.html
Huge cost of mismatched bumpers
IIHS news release • December 2, 2010
Huge cost of mismatched bumpers: When bumpers on cars and SUVs don't line
up (and many of them don't), low-speed collisions produce more damage and
higher repair costs
ARLINGTON, VA — Bumpers are the first line of defense against costly
damage in everyday low-speed crashes. Bumpers on cars are designed to match
up with each other in collisions, but a long-standing gap in federal
regulations exempts SUVs from the same rules. New Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety crash tests demonstrate the results: SUV bumpers that don't
line up with those on cars can lead to huge repair bills in what should be
minor collisions in stop-and-go traffic.
Full text of release at: http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr120210.html
2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive | Frontal Crash Test by NHTSA | CrashNet1
Overall: 4 Stars
Frontal: 4 Stars
Side: 5 Stars (Side Pole: 3 Stars)
Rollover: 4 Stars
Risk of rollover: 15.5 %
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small-sized adult female are placed in the driver and front passenger
seats, respectively, and are secured with seat belts. Vehicles are crashed
into a fixed barrier at 35 mph (56.3km/h), which is equivalent to a head-on
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New roof strength tests
IIHS news release • March 24, 2009
Roof strength is focus of new rating system; 4 of 12 small SUVs evaluated
earn top marks
ARLINGTON, VA — The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is launching a
new roof strength rating system to help consumers pick vehicles that will
help protect them in rollover crashes. Twelve small SUVs are the first to
be put to the test. Only 4 earn the top rating of good. The Volkswagen
Tiguan has the strongest rated roof, and the Kia Sportage has the weakest
among the 2008-09 models evaluated.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr032409.html
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2012 KIA Picanto, Smart ForTwo, & Renault Twingo ADAC Incompatibility Testing
Three new tests performed on three new compacts. A 50% offset where both
the sled and vehicle are moving at 50 Km/h.
Smart ForTwo: Best Performer.
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injuries are possible for the driver.
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KIA Picanto: 2nd place Performance.
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Minor tibia injuries are possible for the Passenger.
Renault Twingo: Worst performer.
Severe chest, thigh, tibia, and foot injuries are possible for the driver.
Minor chest, thigh, and tibia injuries are possible for the passenger.