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
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
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.
Crash test results for midsize family cars - IIHS news
IIHS news release • December 20, 2012
Family cars trump luxury models in new crash test; 13 cars earn 2013 TOP
SAFETY PICK+ award
A group of moderately priced midsize cars outperformed most of their luxury
counterparts in a challenging new frontal crash test conducted by the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) on 2013 models. Of the 18
midsize family cars evaluated in the small overlap test, two earn the top
rating of good, 11 earn acceptable, three earn marginal, and two are poor.
To reward 2013 models with superior crash protection, IIHS has created the
TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, with the + indicating good or acceptable
performance in the new small overlap test. So far, 13 models qualify for
Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr122012.html
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