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.
VW Golf Car Crash Low Speed Bumper Test Collisions Insurance Ratings Testing
VW Golf Car Crash Low Speed Bumper Test Collisions Insurance Ratings
Testing 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
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.
Crash Test Results for Sedan Bumpers
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
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DEADLY Crashes: 2013 IIHS Crash Tests
DEADLY Crashes: 2013 IIHS Crash Tests
DEADLY Сбои: 2013 IIHS краш-тестов
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DEADLY Crashes: 2013 IIHS Crash Tests IIHS news release
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vehicles from sliding underneath them, greatly increasing the chances of
surviving a crash into the back of a large truck, recent tests by the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) show. But in crashes
involving only a small portion of the truck's rear, most trailers fail to
prevent potentially deadly underride.
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Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Bumper Performance in Low-Speed
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The folks at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash test a 2000
Ford Focus by T-boning it with a 1996 Ford Explorer at 31 miles per hour.
Crash Tests of Small Cars PT Cruiser
Crash Tests of Small Cars
They Earn Good Ratings in Frontal Tests,
But Many Models Need Better Side and Rear Crash Protection Most new small
cars now earn good ratings in frontal crash tests, but not when it comes to
side and rear crashes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently
completed front, side, and rear tests of seven 2009 model small cars:
Chevrolet HHR, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Saturn
Astra, Suzuki SX4, and Toyota Matrix and its twin Pontiac Vibe. All earn
the highest rating of good for occupant protection in frontal crashes. Only
the Matrix and SX4 also earn good ratings for protection in side crashes.
Among seat/head restraints evaluated, only those in the Focus earn a good
rating for protection in rear impacts. The Institute also tested the Mini
Cooper, a minicar that earns good ratings for front and rear
crashworthiness - but not for side protection.
Car Bumper Crashes Are Costly Watch Hummer and other SUVs Cr
Car Bumper Crashes Are Costly Watch Hummer and other SUVs Crash
IIHS: Federal Bumper Standards Should Apply to Light Trucks Cars, SUVs and
pickups share the road, but they don't share the same standard for bumpers.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has petitioned the federal
government to regulate the bumpers on light trucks (SUVs, pickups, and
vans) just as it regulates those on cars. The same bumper rules should
apply to all kinds of passenger vehicles.
To meet federal rules, car bumpers must be 16 to 20 inches off the ground
and limit the amount of damage that can be sustained in a low-speed crash.
The idea is to ensure that the bumpers on colliding cars engage, absorbing
most of the energy of the impact and keeping damage away from
expensive-to-repair parts - like fenders, grilles, headlights, and
Car bumper rules don't apply to light trucks. In fact, it's still legal to
sell these vehicles without any bumpers at all. Federal regulators'
longstanding thinking is that requiring light trucks to have bumpers would
compromise off-road navigation and make it hard to use these vehicles at
loading ramps. The Institute counters that putting damage-resistant bumpers
on light trucks needn't compromise utility.
New SUV-to-car crash test results: A series of low-speed crash tests shows
why. The Institute details the results in its petition to the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The tests involved 4 midsize SUVs
striking the back of a typical midsize car at 10 miles per hour. One of the
SUVs - a Ford Explorer - does a better job than 3 others (Hummer H3, Jeep
Grand Cherokee, and Mitsubishi Endeavor) of resisting damage in low-speed
crashes and minimizing damage to the vehicles with which it collides.
The front bumpers on the H3, Grand Cherokee, and Endeavor are so high that
they overrode the rear bumpers of the stationary Hyundai Sonatas in the
Institute tests. Damage to the Sonatas ranged from $3,891 to $4,737. Even
the SUVs sustained more than $1,000 damage each. In contrast, the Explorer
sustained less than $1,000 damage in the same front-into-rear test, and it
inflicted only about one-third as much damage on the Sonata as the worst
performer among the 4 SUVs, the H3.