IIHS news release • February 4, 2010
First time Institute ratings small pickups for rollover protection; only one model rates good in test that assures strength of roof
ARLINGTON, VA — The Nissan Frontier has the strongest roof and the Chevrolet Colorado the weakest among 5 small pickup trucks, all 2010 models, that recently were tested for rollover protection by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Frontier, also sold as the Suzuki Equator, is the only pickup in the group to earn the highest rating of good. The Ford Ranger is rated acceptable while the Dodge Dakota, Toyota Tacoma, and Colorado (also sold as the GMC Canyon) earn the second lowest rating of marginal.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr020410.html
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
SUVs and pickups pose less risk to people in crashes
IIHS news release • September 28, 2011
Effort to make SUVs, pickups less deadly to car occupants in crashes is
ARLINGTON, VA - Today's SUVs and pickups pose far less risk to people in
cars and minivans than previous generations, a new study from the Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety shows. Until recently, SUVs and pickups were
more likely than cars or minivans of the same weight to be involved in
crashes that killed occupants of other cars or minivans. That's no longer
the case for SUVs, and for pickups the higher risk is much less pronounced
than it had been.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr092811.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
Weak federal standard allows deadly car-into-truck crashes
IIHS news release • March 1, 2011
Underride guards on big rigs often fail in crashes; Institute petitions
government for new standard
ARLINGTON, VA — New crash tests and analysis by the Insurance Institute
for Highway Safety demonstrate that underride guards on tractor-trailers
can fail in relatively low-speed crashes — with deadly consequences. The
Institute is petitioning the federal government to require stronger
underride guards that will remain in place during a crash and to mandate
guards for more large trucks and trailers.
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr030111.html
1979 Chevy Silverado K20 / GMC Pickup | Frontal Crash Test by NHTSA | CrashNet1
Chevrolet K20 Fleetside / GMC C/K Wideside
Impact speed 30mph
Head injury criteria(HIC):Driver-no data, Passenger-710
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2007 Ford Expedition | Dynamic Rollover Test by NHTSA | CrashNet1
This dynamic rollover crash test was conducted to investigate the dynamics
of belted occupants during rollover crashes. This test was conducted with a
modified 2007 Ford Expedition on the FMVSS 208 rollover cart moving at 48.1
km/h (29.9 mph), releasing the vehicle with its roll axis perpendicular to
the direction of rollover cart motion, and first contacting the passenger's
side. The vehicle was modified by replacing the rear seat with a
modified front seat to simulate similar characteristics in both seating
positions. The center console was also removed. The air bags were disabled
for this test condition. The OEM belts and buckles were replaced in all
positions. The driver and left rear seats were replaced with a seat with
integrated 3-Point belts without pretensioners. The right front position
was equipped with a motorized retractor and a pretension buckle system1.
The pretensioner was fired manually at 300ms into the event and the
motorized retractor was manually activated prior to launch.
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SUV Rollovers - The Hidden Secrets of the SUV Safety Documentary
I do not own the content or copyright of this video. Rollover - The Hidden
History of the SUV' is a US documentary from 2002. This documentary
explores the history and development of the SUV / 4x4 and the growing
number of rollover fatalities that seemed to increase at the same time as
the SUV rose in popularity.
Extreme Traction-Control Test
As part of the 2008 PickupTrucks.com Half-Ton Shootout, PickupTrucks.com
put six half-ton pickups from Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Nissan and
Toyota through an extreme traction-control test that simulated icy road
conditions to find out which trucks had the best traction control. For more
information, visit PickupTrucks.com.
ADAC - Small convertibles in the rollover test
Somersault in the ADAC crash test center: convertibles fly with just under
50 kilometers per hour through the air and land upside down. The
unfortunate result: Citroën C3 Pluriel, Mini Cooper and Peugeot 207 reveal
- as well as in 2003 tested models of the middle class by Mazda, Opel and
VW - a significant improvement.
Convertibles are in fashion: They look chic and bring to motorists the
Closer to Nature. But the missing roof earned him not only light and air,
but in very rare case of a rollover also unpleasantly close contact with
the earth. Reinforced windscreen frame and roll bar to prevent the worst.
To check whether the rollover protection for the passengers really works,
the ADAC crash test engineers have dropped three small current convertibles
on the head.
For the rollover we chose especially popular models: the extravagant
Citroen C3 Pluriel, the trendy Mini Cooper and the neat little Peugeot 207
CC. The rollover protection systems of this four-seat open-air versions are
designed differently. While Citroën only on the stability of the
windshield frame (A-pillar) is that BMW engineers have her convertible
standard added two fixed rollover bars and even two Peugeot automatically
EXTENDING high guard.
The rollover test, the ADAC engineers revealed again defects in occupant
protection: the front occupants of convertibles are poorly protected when
the A-pillars do not have the stability offered. Thus, the Citroën, are
exposed in both the front and rear passengers a very high risk of injury,
only get the ADAC "poor". The Mini conceded despite a stable windshield
frame for the first row of seats, the ADAC-grade "fair" and a backbencher
for "satisfactory". Of the very high outgoing automatic Überrollbügen the
Peugeot benefited particularly the second row, which with the ADAC score
pays "good", however, because it is the deformation joyful "A-pillar" for
front only the predicate "sufficient".
More safety in the convertible is not magic, however: In addition to the
essential stability of the windscreen frame and a sufficiently high rear
roll bar are seat belts with height adjustment and belt tensioner
triggering rollover protection as a fundamental essential. To avoid arcing
should be fitted every convertible also with the electronic stability
control. Here the vehicle manufacturers are required.
Individual result: Peugeot 207 CC:
The fresh sequel to the popular best-selling 206 CC has been just over a
year on the road. For occupant protection Peugeot automatically offers high
EXTENDING roll bar, which benefit especially the backbenchers. In return,
earned the Frenchman open the ADAC as "good", although the rear protection
for taller people (from 1.75 meters) is still in need of improvement. Less
sure of the seats in the front row because of the windshield frame
(A-pillar) with about 11 centimeters most deformed compared to test
competitors. Despite the rear roll bar so the front survival space is
drastically reduced, so here is the occupant protection only with the ADAC
grade of "satisfactory". In addition to all passengers is the lack of seat
belt height adjustment unfavorable and only the ignition pretensioners for
the dangerous sliding out counter of the straps.
Individual result: Mini Cooper Convertible:
The trendy classic rolls past seven years almost unchanged from the
southern English band. The rollover protection is solid: A stable framework
in conjunction with rear wheel, rigid roll bar offers the largest remaining
survival space of all test subjects. Unfortunately, this success is created
by unfavorable belts naught: In our test, the passenger slid sharply with
the upper body from the belt and hit very hard on the road. This dangerous
effect could be effectively reduced by a seat belt height adjustment and a
belt tensioner. Even the rear passengers are only befriedend protected
because the test was a brief head contact. The roll bars are also sized for
riders from 1.75 meters too short.
Individual result: Citroen C3 Pluriel:
With an extravagant design and a clever roof mechanism allows the French
car especially the hearts of fresh air loving women since mid-2003 beat.
Less trouble the Citroën designers have invested in the occupant
protection: An adequate rollover protection is absent when the Pluriel goes
with recessed roof rails over the country. This means that the front and
rear passengers exposed to a very high risk of injury for the passengers
can be total only rated "poor". To be in the Citroen nevertheless better
protected in the event of a rare rollover, you should not do without the
detachable roof bars.
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1992 S-10 Rollover Test 1
This is an old 92 S-10 that i sold to a neighbor of mine. he worked for a
Crash Test company and this is them rolling my truck!! Found it on my old
harddrive and thought i'd put it up here! Enjoy.
Car Rollover - Behind the Scenes Stunt Feature
Check out this cool "behind the scenes" feature on a car rollover performed
by stuntman Tom Harper (email@example.com). This is normally called a
cannon turn-over but Tom designed a system that uses a retractable arm that
makes it safer for the surrounding cast and crew. It works great and
creates a pretty violent wreck...which we capture with an on board camera
so you can ride along with the stunt!
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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
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