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
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
Small pickup rollover protection
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
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
Crash test Camion contro auto in coda
http://www.sicurauto.it - Crash test ADAC che simula un incidente tra un
Camion e due auto in coda. Immagini impressionanti!
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ADAC-Crashtest: Wildunfälle „saugefährlich"
http://www.focus.de/videos - Mit einem ungewöhnlichen Crashtest VW Golf
gegen Wildschweinrotte wirbt der ADAC eindrucksvoll für Vorsicht bei
Wildwechseln. Tipp für Autofahrer im Fall der Fälle: Draufhalten, nur
bremsen, nicht ausweichen.
2003-2010 Ford Crown Victoria - IIHS Crash Tests
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Front and Side Impact crash
tests for the Ford Crown Victoria, as presented by Consumer Reports
The Ford Crown Victoria received the following ratings in the IIHS's crash
Frontal Offset: Good
Side Impact (No Airbags): Poor
Side Impact (With Airbags): Marginal
Truck crash test
Truck crashes in to five cars and a van. It's recoreded at FDM
Sjællandsringen, at an event called: DRIVERS EVENT.
It's recoreded with a Nikon D90.
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2009 Chevy Malibu vs 1959 Bel Air Crash Test
This crash test between a modern sedan and the classic 1959 Chevrolet Bel
Air shows just how far passenger protection has come in the last fifty
years. The Institute for Highway Safety staged the test to commemorate its
50th anniversary. Find more crash tests on our web site:
The Marauder - Ten Ton Military Vehicle - Top Gear - BBC
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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
The Japanese mini truck or KEI truck has been used in Japan since the
mid-1960's. They are durable and serve a wide variety of functions from
delivery services, construction developments, agricultural operations, and
industrial facilities. These trucks are made by reputable manufactures such
as Daihatsu, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Suzuki. Most are equipped
with 3 or 4 cylinder gas engines of 550 or 660cc. Typically, these trucks
have a 4 or 5 speed manual transmission and are 4-wheel drive with payloads
ranging from 1,200 to 1,500lbs. All units are pre-owned, are right-hand
drive and come standard with cab heater, turn signals, headlights,
speedometer, seatbelts, and windshield wipers. Some units even have air
conditioning. Most Japanese KEI trucks are painted white; but occasionally
a blue, brown, or green one is available. These units are intended for
off-road utility vehicle use and can't be driven on public roads in most
2012 Mercedes Benz M-Class Crash Test
The front end structure, with its high energy-absorption potential, is
essentially made up of the firewall and two lines of longitudinal members,
anchored at the A-pillars. Two vertical members link the longitudinal
members, which further increase deformation resistance. The necessary
rigidity and strength of the floor assembly is provided by a robust
structure made up of a separate center tunnel plus separate longitudinal
members along each side, attached to the side wall. These are supported by
cross members anchored to the floor as well as by a connecting member to
the B-pillar as support for the front structure. The extremely robust side
wall assembly comprises, quite apart from the longitudinal members
described above and the side roof frame, A-pillars in a dual-casing design,
internally reinforced with high strength steel. In a side collision, the
cross member beneath the cowl, the cross member between the longitudinal
members underneath the pedal floor, the high-strength-steel cross member
beneath the driver's seat and the magnesium-alloy cross member underneath
the instrument panel, as well as the front roof frame, ensure the highest
possible stability of the occupant cell. The positioning of the fuel tank
in front of the rear axle and of the filler neck over the rear axle
increases the available deformation distance, maximizing the level of
energy absorption in the event of a rear-end collision. This is achieved,
above all, through the boxshaped design of the rear longitudinal members.