IIHS runs more tests

Posted on Monday, 12 August 2013 , 04:08:38 byEmil

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IIHS runs more tests

Most of the buyers are looking for safety when thinking of buying a new small car in the US. This is mostly because the crash protection credentials can make or break a model to doubts about it. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety has run different tests and the results indicated that there is no way of going wrong with the compacts available now on the market. For example, out of 12 models tested, 6 of them earned a “good” or “acceptable” rating The two Civics, the Dodge Dart, Hyundai Elantra, Ford Focus and Scion tC have managed to obtain the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award. There is a totally different story when it comes to the VW Beetle. The specialists say that vehicles tend to rotate and slide sideways during a collision. This actually makes the head of the driver to move outboard leaving it unprotected from the front airbags. In the test, if the dummy misses the airbag, the head and chest are unprotected and the results are easy to anticipate. Other models that did not very good with the test are the Kia Forte and Soul, but also the Chevrolet Sonic. The airbags have suffered from a delay and inflated too late and were not able to offer the correct protection. The chief of research from the Institute tried to give some advice to all manufacturers when building a new car. The specialists should pay a lot of attention to the whole package and not just a part of it. They have to build strong occupant compartments that resist in terms of frontal crashes. Cars should also have belts that prevent a driver from pitching too far forward and of course side curtain airbags.