By Al Sunshine, Chief Consumer Investigator, for EyesOnNews.com , Aug 9, 2013 – The latest insurance industry crash tests of new small cars found half of those tested only provided marginal or poor occupant protection in one of the most common types of accidents.
Only 1 out of 12 new models tested, Hondas’ Civic in both the 2 and 4 door version, got a good rating.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says as a group, the latest batch of small cars did worse than their slightly bigger counterparts, mid-sized models subjected to the same kinds of so-called “offset crashes” where a vehicle is hit at an angle in the front.
How’d the others do?
Getting Acceptable ratings:
What does it mean for new car shoppers?
The IIHS reports “As a group, small cars fared worse than their midsize moderately priced counterparts in the same test but better overall than small SUVs (see Status Report, May 30, 2013, and Dec. 20, 2012).
“The small cars with marginal or poor ratings had some of the same structural and restraint system issues as other models we’ve ested,” says David Zuby, the Institute’s chief research officer. “In the worst cases safety cages collapsed, driver airbags moved sideways with unstable steering columns and the dummy’s head hit the instrument panel. Side curtain airbags didn’t deploy or didn’t provide enough forward coverage to make a difference. All of this adds up to poor protection in a small overlap crash.”
Carmakers have long insisted their vehicles all meet current U-S Safety Standards.
Most that get “Good Ratings” promote the findings while those that get poor ratings tend to complain about them and criticize how they were conducted.
Insurance Rates are set using the data, so the IIHS ratings can not only help you chose a potentially safer vehicle, it can also help save you money on your car insurance bills.