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
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
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
Bumper tests of midsize sedans
IIHS news release • August 6, 2009
Bumpers on 4 of 6 midsize sedans improve; none earns good rating in
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
Understanding Car Crashes: It's Basic Physics
What happens to vehicles and their occupants in crashes is determined by
science. "You can't argue with the laws of physics," says Griff Jones,
award-winning high school physics teacher who goes behind the scenes at the
Institute's Vehicle Research Center to explore the basic science behind car
crashes. Using a series of vehicle maneuvers on a test track plus filmed
results of vehicle crash tests, Jones explains in anything but lecture
style the concept of inertia, the relationship between crash forces and
inertia, momentum and impulse, and a lot more.
Quote from Paul G. Hewitt, the developer of the "Conceptual Physics"
curriculum and author of the best selling text book by the same name: "The
video "Understanding Car Crashes: It's Basic Physics" and accompanying
teacher's guide are wonderful. The pacing is excellent, the coverage
fascinating, and most importantly, the physics is correct. It's a first
rate teaching package. I give it five stars!"
DVD contains updated footage and additional material for teachers
To obtain a DVD copy, go to http://www.iihs.org/videos/default.html
Small overlap test results for small SUVs - IIHS news
IIHS news release • May 16, 2013
Redesigned Subaru Forester aces tough new crash test; only 2 of 13 small
SUVs tested earn Top Safety Pick+
The 2014 Subaru Forester is the first vehicle to ace every aspect of the
challenging small overlap front crash test. The Forester and the 2013
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, which earns acceptable in the test, are the
latest vehicles to qualify for the Institute's recently inaugurated top
honor, Top Safety Pick+. Other tested small SUVs earn poor or marginal
ratings for small overlap.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr051613.html
ADAC-Crashtest: Wildunfälle „saugefährlich"
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gegen Wildschweinrotte wirbt der ADAC eindrucksvoll für Vorsicht bei
Wildwechseln. Tipp für Autofahrer im Fall der Fälle: Draufhalten, nur
bremsen, nicht ausweichen.
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Micro and minicar roof strength test results
IIHS news release • August 20, 2009
Smart Fortwo rates good for roof strength; test is designed to assess &
compare occupant protection in rollover crashes
ARLINGTON, VA — The Smart Fortwo has the strongest roof and the Chevrolet
Aveo has the weakest among 2009 micro and minicars recently tested by the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Smart earns the highest rating
of good compared with acceptable for the Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Mini
Cooper, and Toyota Yaris. The Aveo is rated marginal.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr082009.html
Small overlap crash test stymies most midsize SUVs - IIHS News
IIHS news release • April 8, 2014
Small overlap crash test stymies most midsize SUVs; 2 models from GM earn
the only good ratings in class
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Chevrolet Equinox and its twin, the GMC Terrain, are
the only midsize SUVs out of nine evaluated to earn a good rating in the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small overlap front crash test,
which continues to challenge manufacturers more than a year and a half
after its introduction.
Full text of release at
Understanding Car Crashes: When Physics Meets Biology
Why do some car crashes produce only minor injuries? How can a single crash
of a car into a wall involve three separate collisions? Griff Jones,
award-winning science teacher, returns to the Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety's Vehicle Research Center to answer these questions and to
examine the laws of nature that determine what happens to the human body in
Jones reviews levels of organization in the body and explains how body
cavities house and protect major internal organs. Through creative
experiments, he explores how the third collision can cause injuries to
organs. He introduces the concepts of stress and strain. He demonstrates
how shockwaves can damage tissue and what happens at the cellular level.
Tools from the field of injury biomechanics, like biofidelic crash test
dummies, help doctors and engineers determine what works to reduce injuries
and deaths in crashes. The key to preventing injuries in any type of crash,
whether it's in a race car or a family sedan, is to reduce forces on
occupants. Extending impact time, keeping the occupant compartment intact,
and tying occupants to the compartment are what keep people safe in car
crashes when physics meets biology.
DVD contains additional material for teachers
To obtain a DVD copy, go to http://www.iihs.org/videos/default.html
Crash Testing the 2013 Volvo XC60! - The Downshift Episode 51
We visit Ruckersville, VA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's
Vehicle Research Center. IIHS is crash testing the 2013 Volvo XC60 in one
of their newest tests - the small overlap front test. On this episode of
The Downshift, learn why this kind of front overlap impact has such a
reputation for killing cars and their passengers, and find out if the Volvo
XC60 passes the test.
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