1959 Chevrolet Bel Air vs. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu IIHS crash test
IIHS 50th anniversary demonstration test • September 9, 2009
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 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."
More information at http://www.iihs.org
CRASH TEST Toyota Camry 2013 vs Toyota camry 2014
Small overlap front crash tests
ARLINGTON, Va. — Twenty-two vehicles earn the Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety's highest safety award for 2014, TOP SAFETY PICK+, thanks to
a high level of protection in crashes and the availability of front crash
prevention technology to avoid many collisions in the first place. An
additional 17 earn TOP SAFETY PICK by meeting the crashworthiness criteria
IIHS is using new criteria for the awards this year. TOP SAFETY PICK
requires good performance in the Institute's moderate overlap front, side,
roof strength and head restraint tests and, for the first time, good or
acceptable performance in the small overlap front test introduced in 2012.
The same level of performance in those tests, along with at least a basic
rating for front crash prevention, is required for the higher accolade, TOP
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2012 Toyota Camry | Frontal Crash Test | CrashNet1
2012 2013 Toyota Camry
Overall Safety Rating: 5 Stars
Frontal Crash: 4 Stars (Driver: 5, Passenger: 4)
Side Crash: 5 Stars (Driver: 5, Passenger: 5)
Side Pole Crash: 5 Stars
Rollover: 4 Stars
Risk of Rollover: 11.1%
Side crash rating results can be compared across all classes
because all vehicles are hit with the same force by the same
moving barrier or pole.
NHTSA Frontal Crash Test -
Crash test dummies representing an average-sized adult
male and a 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 miles per hour (mph), which is equivalent to a
head-on collision between two similar vehicles each moving
at 35 mph.
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Ford F150 and Honda Civic frontal crash test by IIHS
When large, truck-based SUVs collide with passenger cars or minivans, the
results can be devastating for the occupants of the latter.
But fatalities in such accidents are on the decrease in the United States
thanks to measures employed by automakers. Traffic deaths are down 64
percent since the year 2000 due to changes in automobile design such as
lower bumpers for SUVs and better-protect cabin cells for passenger cars.
In 2000, the death rate for car and minivan passengers in collisions with
trucks or SUVs was 44 deaths per million. That came down to 16 deaths per
million by 2009.
The study was conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a
private-sector group based in Arlington, Virginia.
"By working together, the automakers got life-saving changes done quickly,"
said Joe Nolan, the institute's chief administrative officer.
2012 Volkswagen (Passat) CC IIHS Narrow/Small Overlap Frontal Offset (Marginal Rating)
The Volkswagen CC was introduced in the 2009 model year. The car is a
variant of older (2006-10) models of the Volkswagen Passat sedan with a
lower roofline, frameless side windows, and a higher price.
Structure — Maximum intrusion in the driver's footwell area was 24 cm
measured at the lower hinge pillar. Maximum intrusion in the instrument
panel area was 17 cm.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — The dummy's head barely contacted the
frontal airbag before sliding off the left side, leaving the head
vulnerable to contact with forward side structure and resulting in little
airbag cushioning for the chest. This occurred, in part, because the
steering column moved 19 cm to the right as the dummy moved to the left.
Additionally, the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the
dummy's head and torso. Neither the side curtain nor side torso airbags
deployed, leaving the dummy's head and chest vulnerable to contacts with
side structure and outside objects. The driver door hinges were torn off
and the latch opened, resulting in the door detaching from the vehicle,
which shouldn't happen because the driver could be partly or completely
ejected from the vehicle.
Injury measures — Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the
left thigh would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of
significant injuries to other body regions is low.