Bumpers on 2009 models of the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda 6, and Nissan Maxima performed better than their 2007
predecessors in low-speed crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Bumpers on the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu and 2010 Ford Fusion did worse than earlier models. Get the complete story at TheAutoChannel.com.
Crash Test Results of 2-Door Coupes
Crash tests demonstrate that occupant protection in all kinds of vehicles is improving. However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety doesn't routinely test vehicles in every size/type category. But a new series of tests were conducted to judge the crash-worthiness of this category. David Zuby, senior vice president, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety talks about the results.
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Volvo 50th Anniversary of Three-Point Seat Belt
On August 13, 2009, Volvo Cars will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the standard-fit three point safety belts, which appeared for the first time on a Volvo PV544 delivered Thursday August 13, 1959 to a Volvo dealer in the Swedish town of Kristianstad. Get the complete story on all automotive issues at TheAutoChannel.com.
Most Small Cars Aren't Economical for Crash Repairs Ford Foc
Most Small Cars Aren't Economical for Crash Repairs Ford Focus Performs the Best;
Rabbit and Prius are the Worst in Low-Speed Bumper Tests Low-speed collisions happen every day in commuter traffic and parking lots. These "fender benders" end up costing car owners a lot of money and aggravation because the bumpers on many cars aren't designed to handle what should be a no-damage event.
In a series of crash tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently assessed how well the bumpers of 20 small car models would protect the vehicles from damage in low-speed collisions. The worst performers are the Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Prius, and Volkswagen Rabbit - each sustaining about $4,000 damage or more in a single test. The Ford Focus performed the best, with about one-third that amount of damage in its worst test.
Roof Crash Test Results from IIHS
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released results from its new crash test program: vehicle roofs. Get the complete story at TheAutoChannel.com.
Bumper tests of midsize sedans
IIHS news release • August 6, 2009
Bumpers on 4 of 6 midsize sedans improve; none earns good rating in low-speed tests
ARLINGTON, VA — Bumpers on 2009 models of the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda 6, and Nissan Maxima performed better than their 2007 predecessors in low-speed crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Bumpers on the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu and 2010 Ford Fusion did worse than earlier models. None of the 6 popular midsize sedans earns the top rating of good in a recent series of tests designed to assess and compare how well bumpers resist damage in everyday fender-benders. The Mazda 6 improves to acceptable from marginal, with an average repair cost of less than $900 after 4 tests at 3 and 6 mph. The Accord and Sonata improve to marginal from poor. The Fusion slips to poor from marginal, and the Maxima and Malibu remain poor.
Full text of release at: http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr080609.html
Red Light Running Crash Videos
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) created this campaign to educate the public about the dangers of red-light running and to promote safe driving habits. Get the complete story and more crash videos at TheAutoChannel.com.
Crash Test 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air VS. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu (Frontal Offset) IIHS 50th Anniversary
In the 50 years since US insurers organized the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, car crashworthiness has improved. Demonstrating this was a crash test conducted on Sept. 9 between a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. In a real-world collision similar to this test, occupants of the new model would fare much better than in the vintage Chevy.
"It was night and day, the difference in occupant protection," says Institute president Adrian Lund. What this test shows is that automakers don't build cars like they used to. They build them better."
The crash test was conducted at an event to celebrate the contributions of auto insurers to highway safety progress over 50 years. Beginning with the Institute's 1959 founding, insurers have maintained the resolve, articulated in the 1950s, to "conduct, sponsor, and encourage programs designed to aid in the conservation and preservation of life and property from the hazards of highway accidents."
A decade after the Institute was founded, insurers directed this organization to begin collecting data on crashes and the cost of repairing vehicles damaged in crashes. To lead this work and the Institute's expanded research program, insurers named a new president, William Haddon Jr., who already was a pioneer in the field of highway safety. In welcoming Dr. Haddon, Thomas Morrill of State Farm said "the ability to bring unbiased scientific data to the table is extremely valuable." This scientific approach, ushered in by Dr. Haddon, is a hallmark of Institute work. It's why the Institute launched the Highway Loss Data Institute in 1972 — to collect and analyze insurance loss results to provide consumers with model-by-model comparisons.
Another Institute milestone was the 1992 opening of the Vehicle Research Center. Since then, the Institute has conducted much of the research that has contributed to safer vehicles on US roads. At the anniversary event, current Institute chairman Gregory Ostergren of American National Property and Casualty summed up a commitment to continue what fellow insurers began in 1959: "On this golden anniversary of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, we celebrate this organization's accomplishments toward safer drivers, vehicles, and roadways. We salute the vision of the Institute's founders and proudly continue their commitment to highway safety."
Crash Test Renault
Um video propaganda da renault, que ganhou 5 estrelas no Euro NCAP Crashtest, um crashtest famoso. Muito maneiro ver aqueles carros feiosos sendo desfigurados, eu realmente acho que a renault não acerta nos carros que ela faz. Tem carro batendo de frente, arrastando um na lateral do outro, todos sendo destruídos. Tem até uma hora que dois carros em rota de colisão saltam sobre outros dois e colidem no ar. As câmeras de alta resolução e velocidade com a música clássica ao fundo dão a sensação de suavidade e tranquilidade, um verdadeiro balé automobilístico. Gostei.